THE WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE GLOBAL CLIMATE MEETING IN COPENHAGEN 2009

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There was a lot to be said about the global climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark between the 7-18 of December 2009. What stood up in Brussels was the absence of the European Union from the final decision-making. David Milibad a pro European politician talks about how the EU needs to step up if they want to play a part in the G3 world, rather than a G2 world that is oversee by China and America. The worst part of the meeting in Copenhagen was that the EU did not make it to the G20 level of influence. According to press details, the final non-deal which was signed was consigned by America and China after President Obama had interfered in a secret meeting between China’s and India’s Prime Minister and the former President of Brazil. According to the New York Times, “Mr Obama then took the text to a group of European nations whose representatives’ complained but signed off” (Charlemagne 2009). Few of the 27 members of the union had signed. They included Britain, Germany and France.

The EU failed to increase its offer from the 20% cuts in carbon emissions to 30%. There had been a disunity of EU during this meeting. The biggest lesson learnt was that the multipolar world seems to have little interest in the multilateral ways that pro-Europeans thought would have a big impact on the 21st century. According the Le Monde, a French newspaper, there was an article on how the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy had a plan to entice the former president of Brazil Lula and the former head of the African Union Zenawi of Ethiopia. Out of all the BRIC nations, Brazil is said to seem more appealing to the Europeans as it looks most herbivorous (Charlemagne 2009). Brazil has alot to offer on peace and climate change and saving the rainforest and does not necessarily spend money on ammunitions. African union is more popular in Brussels although, it is seen as weak and cash strapped but has alot to offer as a partner on peace-keeping missions. Its structured is based on the EU as it has a leader and body of council. 

 

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The African countries did not support Zenawi but they rather joined forces with G77. According to reports, the most surprising points thrown up by the G77 delegates was guided by China, a rising power that has been accused of playing a very aggressive game (Charlemagne 2009).

Europe was represented by France, Germany and Britain. The leaders were supported by the Swedish counterpart and the President of the European Commission. Although they still could not have an impact for the 30% emission cuts. The winners of this new world are big and aggressive continental nations, defending national interest with great single-mindedness (Charlemagne 2009). 

                           

EMMANUEL ADEWOYIN

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Reference

http://www.economist.com/blogs/charlemagne/2009/12/winners_and_losers_in_copenhag

https://unfccc.int/meetings/copenhagen_dec_2009/meeting/6295.php

 

 

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