Nations Will Face Big Political Question in Lima: Marcin Korolec

Feb 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Advocacy, Development and Climate Change, Government Policies, International Agencies, News

climate-changeTimes News Network: President of the Warsaw climate conference (COP19) and Poland’s secretary of state, Marcin Korolec, has said the “nature of contributions” from countries to deal with menace of global warming would be the “main political questions” in Peruvian capital Lima where leaders\negotiators from across the globe assemble for the next marathon meeting in December.

In first and only interview to Indian media over outcome of the last climate conference (COP19), Korolec told TOI that the road to Paris for universal climate deal in 2015 may not be easy, but the Warsaw round made the global community confident about the process of negotiations which will certainly lead the nations to a final decision.

Korolec, who visited India to participate in the TERI’s 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), also emphasized that the rich nations would not be able to dilute the differentiation between developed and developing countries and they will have to contribute to deal with the challenges of climate change under the principle of ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ (CBDR) – which puts onus of corrective measures primarily on developed countries.

Elaborating on the CBDR, he said, “I think, we have to go back to the Durban meeting where we had decided that we as a community will negotiate a global agreement applicable to all and the finish of those negotiations should take place in 2015. In the Durban language, there is also a statement that this new agreement be applicable to all should be negotiated under the convention. It means that the principles linked to the convention and also with the principle of CBDR and respective capabilities”

He said, “I think the outcome of Warsaw (November, 2013) is very positive in that sense because it says all countries will start preparing for contributions. Those contributions will obviously be determined by the countries presenting it. So in that sense, the principle of CBDR is possible to be realized”.

On the question as to who will decide those contributions from developing countries, the Polish secretary of state and his country’s plenipotentiary for climate policy said, “The nature of contribution is another story. We have to discuss this in Lima. It will, in fact, for the individual country to define it. I think that will be the main political question for the Lima meeting”.

On the fate of the Green Climate Fund, Korolec said, “The GCF will be the cornerstone of the climate finance in the future. The real operationalisation of the fund will take place soon. I hope, there will be a full-fledged functioning fund by the end of the year”. He was nominated to the Board of the Fund in December last year.

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