Monday, December 8, 2008

UN climate adaptation fund caught in management disputes in Poznan

Xinhua: The UN fund to help poor countries to adapt to climate change was still immersed in harsh disputes over how to manage the finance resources on Monday. Though a decision to launch the fund has been regarded as one of the possible outcomes of the Poznan climate talks, no substantial progress has been made on the subject during the past week.

Calling the issue "problematic," UN climate chief Yvo de Boer told a press conference here that the issue was still under discussion on how to manage the fund. "Basically, three options have been discussed" on how to disperse the finance resources, namely to disperse money to developing countries through existing implementing agencies like the World Bank, UNDP, through institutions being accredited to receive the money and other possibilities, de Boer told reporters.

The fund, which was approved during the Bali climate talks last December, has yet to disburse any money to the developing countries due to legal and technical complications in the past year. Echoing de Boer's comments, Brice Lalonde from the French delegation also admitted that the adaptation fund is emerging as "a little stone" standing on the way. The adaptation fund is "an important achievement which should be on its way and start working after Poznan, there is still some legal complications to get it in place," Lalonde told reporters at an EU press conference on Monday afternoon….

If my rudimentary Polish is accurate, this is the old town in Poznan, shot by Monika Mężyńska, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 License.

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