The Road to…Mexico…
Two years of negotiations ‘ended’ tonight with little clear and much confused.
As we leave Copenhagen Friday evening, we hold a leaked draft “Copenhagen Accord” which appears to contain the outcome of these talks. Its status is unclear.
The Accord is non-binding and contains no individual national targets. It leaves details – just about everything – to be worked out be COP16 in Mexico City. It also ensures the continuation of the confusing two track negotiation process.
The presence of a small galaxy of celebrities was impressive but ultimately proved another source of unwanted distraction to negotiations attempting to finalise a deal.
Ultimately, however, it has been the unwillingness of both developed and developing nations to move from long-held positions that has ensured that our road to Copenhagen has been extended to Mexico City and beyond.