Created on Saturday, 11 December 2010 17:27
Written by Press Release
Bolivia: Cancun Deal is Hollow and False;
"Its cost will be measured in human lives"
by The Plurinational State of Bolivia
Plurinational State of Bolivia believes that the Cancun text is a
hollow and false victory that was imposed without consensus, and its
cost will be measured in human lives. History will judge harshly.
There is only one way to measure the success of a
climate agreement, and that is based on whether or not it will
effectively reduce emissions to prevent runaway climate change. This
text clearly fails, as it could allow global temperatures to increase by
more than 4 degrees, a level disastrous for humanity.
Recent scientific reports show that 300,000
people already die each year from climate change-related disasters. This
text threatens to increase the number of deaths annually to one
million. This is something we can never accept.
Last year, everyone recognized that Copenhagen
was a failure both in process and substance. Yet this year, a deliberate
campaign to lower expectations and desperation for any agreement has
led to one that in substance is little more than Copenhagen II.
A so-called victory for multilateralism is really
a victory for the rich nations who bullied and cajoled other nations
into accepting a deal on their terms. The richest nations offered us
nothing new in terms of emission reductions or financing, and instead
sought at every stage to backtrack on existing commitments, and include
every loophole possible to reduce their obligation to act.
While developing nations – those that face the
worst consequences of climate change – pleaded for ambition, we were
instead offered the “realism” of empty gestures. Proposals by powerful
countries like the US were sacrosanct, while ours were disposable.
Compromise was always at the expense of the victims, rather than the culprits of climate change.
When Bolivia said we did not agree with the text
in the final hours of talks, we were overruled. An accord where only the
powerful win is not a negotiation, it is an imposition.
Bolivia came to Cancun with concrete proposals
that we believed would bring hope for the future. These proposals were
agreed by 35,000 people in an historic World People’s Conference
Cochabamba in April 2010. They seek just solutions to the climate crisis
and address its root causes. In the year since Copenhagen, they were
integrated into the negotiating text of the parties, and yet the Cancun
text systematically excludes these voices.
Bolivia cannot be convinced to abandon its
principles or those of the peoples we represent. We will continue to
struggle alongside affected communities worldwide until climate justice
Bolivia has participated in these negotiations in
good faith and the hope that we could achieve an effective climate
deal. We were prepared to compromise on many things, except the lives of
our people. Sadly, that is what the world’s richest nations expect us
Countries may try to isolate us for our position,
but we come here in representation of the peoples and social movements
who want real and effective action to protect the future of humanity and
Mother Earth. We feel their support as our guide.
History will be the judge of what has happened in Cancun.