Dec 4, 2012

Doha(rd) 2012: pettiness, possibilities and protests

What's really behind the struggle to make progress at the UN's climate change summit, underway in Doha? Crikey asks some of the participants for a behind-the-scenes view of the talks that aim to cool the planet.

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

It’s crunch time at the UN’s annual climate change summit in Doha, which wraps up on Friday (Qatar time). Ministers and leaders are starting to arrive as negotiators struggle to make progress on their plan to agree to an extension of the Kyoto Protocol, while working up a separate, stronger treaty to take effect from 2020.

The old schism between rich and poor countries is back, bigger than ever — and no one seems to have any bright ideas about how to ramp up key countries’ pledges to restrain greenhouse gas emissions.

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7 thoughts on “Doha(rd) 2012: pettiness, possibilities and protests

  1. Mark Duffett

    ACF CEO, Climate Institute deputy CEO, parly sec for Climate Change, WWF climate change policy manager, Oxfam climate change policy advisor…so, what, there are no Australian business/industry representatives in Doha? Maybe that’s part of the problem right there.

  2. Cathy Alexander

    Hi Mark, I’ve tried to find Australian business / industry / agriculture representatives at Doha but so far, no success. If we can track anyone down, they’d be welcome to write for us. Suggestions welcome!

  3. Mark Duffett

    Fair enough, Cathy. Best I can suggest from the list at maindb.unfccc.int/public/ngo.pl?mode=wim&search=A

    AMPLA LimitedMs. Georgie Smibert

  4. Mark Duffett

    Oops, premature ejacusendation. The rest of the possibles from the NGO representatives’ list:

    Australian Aluminium Council (AAC) Mr. Miles Prosser
    Australian Coal Association (ACA) Mr. Peter Morris
    Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)
    Mr. Marc Purcell
    Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN)
    Mr. Alex Gosman
    Australian Industry Group (AiGROUP)
    Mr. Peter Burn
    Australian Plantation Products and Paper Industry Council Ltd. (A3P)
    Ms. Kim Gregory
    Australian Uranium Association (AUA)
    Mr. Michael Angwin
    Business Council of Australia (BCA)
    Ms. Maria Tarrant
    Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU)
    Mr. Peter Colley
    Energy Supply Association of Australia Limited (esaa)
    Ms. Kristen Ireland
    National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI)
    Ms. Danielle Amanda Bannon
    Sustainable Business Australia (SBA)
    Mr. Andrew Petersen
    Sustainable Energy Association of Australia Inc. (SEA)
    Mr. Raymond Wills

    Sure some of those might be there to play an unconstructive role, but not all.

  5. Cathy Alexander

    OK Mark I am onto it. Am emailing them now. Thanks for the suggestion. Tune in for Friday’s Crikey and see if any of them take up our offer …

  6. Mark Duffett

    Thanks, Cathy, I hope they do. It’d be especially interesting to see what – or even if – they think about progress towards an overall agreement, beyond the blinkers of their particular interest group.

  7. Jill Finnane

    The Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) has sent a delegation of four to Doha and they are endeavouring to alert the world to the need for climate justice. Presenting the human face of climate change are Maria Tiimon Chi-fang (Kiribati), Maina Talia and Melton Tauetia (Tuvalu)and Fr Claude Mostowik (Australia)is representing people who have one of the highest green-house gas emissions per capita in the world. Tuvalu and Kiribati are two nations that are at the very front line of having to face the effects of climate change despite that fact that they scarcely emit any greenhouse gases. PCP is keen to support the call of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) for the international community to recognise and pay for the loss and damage that they are experiencing. Many of our friends in Kiribati and Tuvalu would like Australian politicians to visit their islands and see things for themselves. Perhaps then they will take climate change more serioously!

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