Thursday, April 7, 2011

ASIA: Climate change conference lacks unified voice, NGOs say

IRIN: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is being criticized for weak collaboration and a failure to act at the latest international climate change conference in Bangkok.

"ASEAN is not acting as a bloc, and in the past two years we have seen no indicators of moving away from talk to action," Zelda Soriano, policy adviser for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, told IRIN on 7 April on the sidelines of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The conference is a five-day event to continue hammering out details of climate change policy leading up to the November 2011 summit in Durban, South Africa.

A coalition of the regional offices of Greenpeace, Oxfam and WWF have called on ASEAN to unite in pushing for governance as well as an allocation of at least half of the Copenhagen Green Climate Fund, a source of support for environmental initiatives created in 2009.

"Coastal regions are already being [affected] and ASEAN needs to lobby for an equitable share of funding for climate change adaptation," said Sandeep Rai, adaptation policy coordinator for WWF. "The diversity in capabilities and resources prevents ASEAN from lobbying together," Rai added…

Map of the ASEAN countries by Martin Vigerske, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

No comments: