Negotiators from 178 countries gathered in the Thai capital for a last chance ahead of 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to untangle the suite of guidelines that will steer the Paris Agreement toward effective implementation. Numerous delegates wondered if it was about pronouncing the promises only to dodge them.
The exercise in Bangkok turned out to be progress in planning but a stalemate in its objective of operationalising.
Formulating the rules on the cyclic and iterative nature by enhancing the nationally determined contributions (NDCs), earlier considered an innovation in global agreements, is now proving to be formidable. Not walking the talk and smartly gyrating the agreed goals now appear to the the new normal in global diplomacy.
David Waskow, global climate director at the Washington-based World Resources Institute, said governments had no time to waste in strengthening their existing national plans. Developed countries - led by the United States - took an aggressive stance on finance, avoiding conversations about how they would communicate future payouts to countries hit hard by rising temperatures. The "polluter to pay" norm has been the anchor in multilateral environment agreements since the Rio Agreement in 1992, but it is now being flouted openly.
Britain ratified the Paris settlement on climate change Thursday, becoming a member of extra than one hundred various countries in a plod that campaigners hope will the truth is helpful US President-elect Donald Trump to honour the deal. Courtesy: UNFCCCWhat has happened to that promise? The GCF as an institution is in a chaotic state.
According to him, this year is proving to be the fourth hottest. Howard Bamswey, the head of the GCF abruptly resigned in July at the end of the meeting, where no projects were approved, after just two years in the job, due to "personal reasons", while his deputy Paul Oquist did not even attend the meeting. "GCF is melting down faster than Antarctica", one of the delegates in Bangkok said.
At the Bangkok conference, the developed countries have now smartly proposed to count all the finance provided through the private sector, philanthropy, FDI and the regular global development aid of 0.7% of GDP as part of the promised $100 billion.
In his speech - scheduled for 3 PM, Eastern Standard Time [watch live here] - Secretary-General Guterres will also outline his vision for a new Climate Summit in 2019, which he will be convening to rally the worldwide community, to step up action in key areas inclusive sustainable energy production, economic growth, green investment and better stewardship of natural resources.
Harjeet Singh, climate policy manager for ActionAid International, said Sunday that a vital component of the Paris agreement is for wealthy nations to provide financial assistance to developing countries as they fight natural disasters brought by climate change. The summit's theme is "Take Ambition to the Next level". He pointed to the forthcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on how to keep the world from warming by more that 1.5 degrees C, which he says will be a sobering assessment.
French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with various leaders on Tuesday, two years to the day since 195 worldwide locations adopted the climate-rescue Paris Agreement-this time to focus on about money. Its firebrand governor can be termed as climate's game-changer.
In Bangkok, Brown was booed by civil society representatives for his soft approach towards oil producers in California by allowing them to drill for oil.
"We have to come up with a rule book at year-end". By that time, the GHGs concentration, already higher by 42 percent as compared to 1992 levels, would have risen to the "next level".
A rescue operation for the trapped Paris Agreement would be near impossible. The views expressed are personal.