The morning started out with a flurry of activity. After some discussion about the logo and how certain parties felt it represented the end of Kyoto, the COP plenary commenced with the Tuvalu delegation proposing a contact group to review its protocol, which was proposed and tabled six months ago. As proposed, the Tuvalu protocol is a legally binding agreement meant to complement Kyoto through amendments, as well as the creation of a new protocol entitled the Copenhagen Protocol. In no uncertain terms, Tuvalu stated it was here to “seal the deal” and wanted nothing less than a legally binding document.
In response to the request for a contact group, many of the AOSIS countries expressed great enthusiasm noting they are the states most impacted by the effects of climate change. As Cape Verde stated, “we will be the first to diasappear…in this climate crisis.” Other countries strongly opposed the creation of a contact group, most notably, China, India, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The opposition was clear in expressing their feeling that the parties’ focus should not be on new texts. The United States was unsurprisingly quiet. Most alarmingly, however, countries within the G77 that had formerly been aligned were clearly divided. Continue reading