Danish and Emerging Economies Proposal for a Climate Deal

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Danish and Emerging Economies Proposal for a Climate Deal

COPENHAGEN - Proposals from Denmark,
which is chairing the climate negotiations, and the emerging developing
economies the content of a final deal in Copenhagen have emerged today.

Antonio Hill, Oxfam International Climate Advisor said, “Like ants
in a room full of elephants poor countries are at risk of been squeezed
out of the climate talks in Copenhagen. As the talks ramp up and the
big players put forward their proposals for the deal it is vitally
important that vulnerable countries are part of the debate.”

“The Danish proposal must not distract from the job at hand. There
must be a laser like focus on the official text of the agreement over
the next six days. With just a handful of days to go before a deal is
signed all countries need to focus their efforts on the official
process which offers the best chance of a fair, ambitious and binding
deal.

“The Danish proposal falls far short of emissions cuts needed, and
remains vague on the climate cash. One positive aspect is that it would
put an end to the spaghetti bowl of channels which poor countries have
to negotiate for financial help that mean only a fraction of the money
available gets to those in need.

“The proposal from China and other emerging economies offers a more
balanced vision of a deal – but also needs significant work if it is
going to serve the needs of the world’s poorest people and prevent a
climate catastrophe. We need a strong deal that delivers the $200bn in
new money every year that poor countries need to adapt to a changing
climate and reduce their emissions and sharp emissions reductions from
rich countries.”

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