Pablo Solón Romero is the former Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations and recipient of the 2011 International Human Rights Award from the Global Exchange. His work for human rights and climate justice have made him a key player in international negotiations on current climate change problems such as the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
While COP-17 talks were occuring in Durban, South Africa, Pablo gave his insight on the negotiations that had already taken place and the possible conclusion of these negotiations.
Durban Turning Into “Great Escape 3″ Starring Powerful Countries, Says Pablo Solon at COP17
Pablo Solón addresses the results of the latest COP talks in his recent article “The Durban Package: Laisser faire, laisser passer”. As scientists around the world from all fields of study are producing evidence of rapid change in our environment and the consequential harm on all living beings within this environment, we would expect the COP-17 talks to express urgency in taking action towards eco/human rights justice but instead the agreements made during COP-17 delay any action in resolving the critical state of human existence on Earth.
The Durban Package: “Laisser faire, laisser passer”
The Climate Change Conference ended two days later than expected, adopting a set of decisions that were known only a few hours before their adoption. Some decisions were even not complete at the moment of their consideration. Paragraphs were missing and some delegations didn’t even have copies of these drafts. The package of decisions was released by the South African presidency with the ultimatum of “Take it or leave it”. Only the European Union was allowed to make last minute amendments at the plenary.
Several delegations made harsh criticisms to the documents and expressed their opposition to sections of them. However, no delegation explicitly objected the subsequent adoption of these decisions. At the end, the whole package was adopted by consensus without the objection of any delegation. The core elements of the Durban Package can be summarized as follows:
Leaders across the globe have come together for COP talks in Copenhagen (COP-15), Cancun (COP-16) and now Durban; the common ground for these talks has become their passive attitudes and in turn, inadequate commitments towards reforming their nation’s use of natural resources. Pablo brings to light this tread followed throughout the COP talks. The aftermath of COP-17 reflects Pablo’s initial opinions and predictions made during the live coverage of the talks. The framework and procedure of COP needs to be considered for reform; these talks are meant to deal with the pattern of climate change issues included rising global temperature so our nations are coming together for the sake of our future but what future will we have if the actions being taken are simply excuses to allow human society to continue blindly as it has thus far. But consider, what actions lead to the present devastating state of the earth and our society anyway?
Pablo Solón Romero. “The Durban Package: Laisser faire, laisser passer”. pablosolon.wordpress.com. 16th Dec. 2011<http://pablosolon.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/the-durban-package-laisser-faire-laisser-passer/>