“Broke Silence” on UNSC Statement, Deal Still Sought
20 -- As more than sixty countries gave speeches about
climate change in the UN Security Council on Wednesday, behind the
scenes the German presidency of the Council tried to negotiate with
Russia, and to some degree China, to get agreement on a watered down
statement on the topic.
reported July 19, there was a range of opposition to Germany's
draft in the lead up to a re-drafting meeting that afternoon. The
result went into so-called “silence procedure” to see if it was
acceptably to all 15 Council members. Russia broke the silence
Russia is not
the only doubted. The Non Aligned Movement, for example, has opposed
the Germans' proposal. On July 20 Egypt's Permanent Representative
Maged Abdelaziz told Inner City Press that NAM does not want the
Council to take any action on climate. “That is for the General
Assembly and UNFCCC,” he said.
wouldn't oppose there being a Special Representative on climate
change, but it should be created by the General Assembly, not the
representative or coordinator in the Council, Colombia, has had its
concerned allayed by the German's re-draft. Brazil's Permanent
Representative Viotti told Inner City Press that the amendments she
had proposed had all be taken, but “they keep talking with Russia
Deputy Permanent Representative Sasha Pankin told Inner City Press that
he has worked on the climate issue and it is complex. He asked,
what would the Council actually do
Merkel, Ban Ki-moon and guard, climate PRST not shown
statement pointedly ask how Brazil got support for their thematic
meeting's statement, on development and security, but now climate
change and security is a problem. Others wonder how HIV / AIDS can
be in Council statements, but not climate change.
Association of Small Island States meeting on the morning of July 19
was inconclusive. There is philosophic or turf-based opposition to
the Security Council “taking over” the issue of climate change.
Germans have changed the language to address this so-called
“encroachment” fear, it remains. So will the Security Council
“remain seized” of climate change and security? Watch this site.
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Climate, Russia Says Complex, China Speaks of Blue Seats in GA
19, updated -- If there is
Statement in the Security Council on July 20 it will be “so weak as
to be meaningless,” several sources told Inner City Press midday on
contentious closed door consultation that morning which began with
China saying its position had not changed, it wanted no outcome from
Permanent Representative Wang explained to Inner City Press
that China does not want the Security Council taking over issues from
the General Assembly. He said there are already “blue” or empty
seats throughout the General Assembly as it loses power.
Representative Pankin told Inner City Press that climate
change is complex and the Germany presidency has not made clear what
it proposes the Council do about the issue: send peacekeepers to
close down coal mines?
Viotti told Inner City Press her country was willing
to negotiate and had put forward proposed amendments, to limit
encroachment and narrow the scope from what had been proposed. But
they have not yet included our amendments, she said.
Non Aligned Movement's representative or coordinator on the Council
this month, and conveyed NAM's opposition to the Presidential
its national capacity proposed amendments.
Another source told Inner City Press Colombia said it too suffers
from climate change, but nevertheless has these concerns.
is understood to be favoring the Security Council adopting some
Statement on climate change. The Germans remain hopeful, preparing
another draft for an experts level meeting at 3 pm on Tuesday.
with Russia and China expressing opposition, and Colombia, Brazil and
others forwarding amendments, even a weak Presidential Statement is
by no means assured. Watch this site.
Update of 1:30 pm --
sources tell Inner City Press a "bare bones" re-drafted PRST has been
circulated in advance of the 3 pm meeting. Inner City Press asked
German Ambassador Peter Wittig as he came out of the Council after the
Iraq meeting -- SRSG Ad Melkert briefed but did not take any press
questions -- about the chances for the climate PRST. Anything is
possible, he said.