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Running on empty through wet sand

September 3, 2009

A 200-page draft negotiation text is one of the factors bogging down international climate talks, a key UN official said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

“I think we’re walking through wet sand. There are massive amounts of text,” said Michael Zammit Cutajar, chairman of the ad hoc working group under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

writes Michael von Bulow, on the official website of cop 15 (which you can hashtag on twitter as #cop15 if you must…)

Interesting historical parallel further down in the same article –

Zammit Cutajar said that in October 1997, two months before the existing Kyoto Protocol was agreed, the draft climate treaty was around 30 pages long.

“That’s something people can get their brain around. At 200 pages no one will read the whole thing.”

“We are in a much more difficult negotiation than Kyoto,” Zammit Cutajar admitted, adding that a Copenhagen accord “can’t be just a political declaration.”

It’s enough to make a Maltese cross!

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