Sunday, March 28, 2010

La'o Hamutuk call for rejection of the Copenhagen climate accord

La'o Hamutuk has written to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão urging that Timor-Leste to reject the Copenhagen Accord on climate change. The group offers 7 arguments including:
The Copenhagen Accord contradicts some basic principles of the UNFCCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change], including the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. It also contradicts the Kyoto Protocol because it leaves it up to the developed countries to reduce their emissions, with no legally binding targets. It is not a democratic agreement because it was decided only by a small group of countries, not by all countries in COP. This is against the principle of consensus in the UNFCCC. If Timor-Leste associates to this Accord, we are going against some principles in UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol that we have ratified.
La'o Hamutkuk writes that "a small group who don't want to take responsibility for their actions which have destroyed the global climate" negotiated The Copenhagen Accord.

Read the full letter here.

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