Public observers at Durban climate talks are demanding constructive decisions from our delegations to save the climate

On the final day of the climate conference in Durban nothing certain can be said yet on the final decisions of the Parties and especially on the main issue - the future of the Kyoto Protocol. Public observers express their attitude by holding actions on the conference’s territory. RSEU Climate Secretariat handed the proposal by Russian NGOs on the need to support Kyoto-2 to the Head of the Russian delegation to support Kyoto-2, but Russia still boycotting it.

Throughout the negotiations NGOs hold daily actions to support the second commitment period of Kyoto. We mean that in case COP17 fails there will be no legal mechanism for international accounting and stimulation of commitments by countries to reduce their emissions after 2012. NGOs make actions demanding to fill and run the Green Climate fund, “stop talking start doing”.

Illustrations are available at www.rusecounion.ru

At COP17 in Durban representatives of RSEU Climate Secretariat handed over their proposals to the official Russian delegation (view attached document) to A. Bedritsky, Presidential advisor on climate change. The proposals were adopted at the all-Russian conference “Public participation in national climate and energy policy”, that took place on October, 26-28 2011 in St.Petersburg and later formed part of the Joint statement by Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian NGOs in the run-up to COP17 in Durban. The observers handed over the RSEU booklet “Climate change and energy policy” with NGO’s proposal for the negotiations to the Russian delegation office and personally to A. Frolov, Head of Roshydromet. The booklet was especially prepared for the conference in Durban.

Daily updates from the negotiations are published by RSEU Climate Secretariat on our website http://rusecounuion.ru.

Every day NGOs which are members of Climate Action Network hold an award ceremony entitles Fossil of the Day and give the prize to those countries with the least consistent position and “bad behavior” at the daily negotiations. The biggest number of awards was received by Canada. On Thursday, December 8, one day before the end of the negotiations Russia shared its Fossil with Canada and Japan and received the 2nd place. These countries are among the biggest emitters and are blocking the second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol.

NGOs daily publish Below 2 bulletin, which is prepared by NGOs from Russia and Ukraine taking part on the negotiations.

At the CAN-International press conference it was stated that the results of the COP may come within 24 hours, but the position of the biggest emitters cannot provoke a lot of optimism.
When we wrote this news, the final plenary session of the Conference, started with 30 min delay, was canceled for indefinite time.