A superb negotiation is meant to depart everybody feeling just a little unhappy. The US presidential envoy on local weather, John Kerry, mentioned as a lot when the newest UN local weather change convention – COP26 in Glasgow – drew to a detailed. The Glasgow Local weather Pact it produced may have upset most nations for one cause or one other. However the delegates who arrived in Glasgow hoping for a brand new monetary settlement between wealthy and poor nations, to assist the latter climate the local weather disaster, will really feel most let down of all.
That is half 5 and the ultimate episode of Local weather combat: the world’s largest negotiations, a collection on COP26 from The Anthill podcast. On this episode we reported from Glasgow the place we spoke with teachers who’ve been researching the UN local weather negotiations for many years, and a number of the individuals representing their nations within the talks.
As we heard within the first episode, developed nations promised to pay the creating world US$100 billion (£75 billion) a 12 months by 2020, however fell quick by about US$20 billion. Local weather finance is meant to assist a number of the world’s poorest individuals survive a disaster they didn’t create and develop economies that are inexperienced and resilient.
However there’s one thing else creating nations argue prosperous nations owe them for: loss and injury. Lisa Vanhala, professor of political science at UCL, explains that this refers back to the irreversible impacts of local weather change which nations can not adapt to, like sea stage rise. Compensation for loss and injury was “actually the massive factor that creating nations got here into [COP26] united in asking for,” Vanhala says. However the end result was “no money on the desk”, because the EU and US blocked the creation of a facility for delivering loss and injury finance.
The fortnight in Glasgow handed with a flurry of pre-arranged offers and speeches by world leaders. Within the negotiating rooms, delegates from 197 nations gathered to grind out an settlement, typically haggling over traces within the draft textual content lengthy into the night time. COP26 was labelled the least accessible UN local weather change summit but, as COVID-19 vaccine hoarding and value gouging for lodging in Glasgow restricted attendance by poorer nations, and guidelines set by the UK presidency stored civil society teams at bay.
Within the first days of the summit, lengthy traces stored delegates and observers ready exterior within the rain for hours. So how did all of this have an effect on the eventual settlement?
“I believe a mistake that’s generally made is to imagine that every one these negotiation outcomes are rational,” says François Gemenne, director of the Hugo Observatory on the College of Liège in Belgium. Gemenne has studied the UN local weather negotiation course of for a very long time, and noticed how administrative blunders helped derail an settlement at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009.
Whereas he says the UK’s dealing with of the talks and the place of different wealthy nations on loss and injury may have sowed resentment amongst creating nations which got here to hammer out a deal, “COP shouldn’t be a one-shot occasion. It’s a steady course of … and it’s necessary for nations of the worldwide outh [especially] to maintain the method rolling.”
Abhinay Muthoo, a professor of economics and knowledgeable in negotiating on the College of Warwick, says “belief is essential… in enriching offers.” The Glasgow Local weather Pact reaffirmed the need of all nations to restrict international warming to 1.5°C. However the discord of COP26, which included a last-minute intervention by India and China to water down a decision on coal energy, confirmed how a lot work remains to be wanted to bridge the divide between developed and creating nations.
On this episode, we additionally communicate to Hadeel Hisham Ikhmais, a local weather negotiator from Palestine, who explains what it’s wish to be a negotiator behind closed doorways at COP26.
The Local weather Battle podcast collection is produced by Tiffany Cassidy. Sound design by Eloise Stevens and the theme tune is by Neeta Sarl. The collection editor is Gemma Ware.
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