|The Historic Warsaw Walkout|
“WARSAW FAILED TO DELIVER”
A COMMUNIQUE BY THE
CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK OF NIGERIA (CSDEVNET) ON THE JUST CONCLUDED CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN WARSAW POLAND
The Warsaw Climate Change Conference took place from 11-23 November 2013 in Poland. It included the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The conference also included meetings of three subsidiary bodies: the 39th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 39) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 39), and the third part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2).
Marking the second time that UN climate change negotiations have taken place in Poland, the conference drew over 8,300 participants, including government officials, representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations, and the media.
Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDEVNET) led a delegation of civil society organisatons from Nigeria, which formed part of the larger African coalition of civil society organisations at the COP led by the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).
CSDEVNET believes that there is no sense from the outcome of Warsaw that climate justice is any closer than before the COP was inaugurated. The delays in countries disclosing how they will address reducing greenhouse gas emissions continue. It would seem that we are moving almost inevitably to a 4C degree warmer world. Having been billed as a climate finance COP, Warsaw failed to deliver.