An Early Christmas Present, COP 25 Ends Without Great Results

For those of us who are NOT believers in a “Climate Catastrophe”, as it is now being referred to by many pushing for a New World Order without fossil fuels, no meat to eat and landscapes covered with wind towers and PV solar farms, the latest Conference of the Parties (COP) COP25 has not brought the results the leaders had hoped for.

Although the world’s major emitters were never expected to announce fresh climate pledges at COP25, there was still hope that they might collectively send a strong message of intent for next year. However, talks quickly became bogged down in technical issues, such as the rules for carbon market mechanisms, which have eluded completion for years.

There was a growing sense among many attendees of a disconnect between these slow, impenetrable UN processes and the action being demanded by protesters around the world.

This was summarised by the executive director of Greenpeace Jennifer Morgan, who told assembled journalists that despite the “fresh momentum” provided by the growing global climate movement, it was yet to penetrate the “halls of power: In the 25 years that I have been at every COP, I have never seen the gap bigger between the inside and the outside.

Background on United Nations UNFCCC

The United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) is the international response to climate change. It is a treaty that establishes the basic obligations of the 196 Parties (States) plus the European Union to combat climate change. It was signed at the Earth Summit in 1992 and came into force in 1994. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme decision-making body of the Convention. The Parties meet annually to review progress in the implementation of the Convention where other instruments that support the implementation of the Convention are proposed, evaluated and approved.The first COP was held in Berlin in 1995.

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