image009Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) Regional Coordinator Lidy Nacpil delivered a one-minute intervention during the Opening Plenary of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex 1 Countries under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Intersessionals in Bonn, Germany on June 7, 2011.

Nacpil asserted that the solution to climate change is not through "pledges" based on "national circumstances."

She said that global targets cannot be merely the aggregate of individual country pledges. "It will be at the very least a mockery of the multilateral process," she said.

She emphasized that the current pledges show how disastrous the proposed approach will be for people and the planet. Citing UNEP estimates that existing pledges risk global warming of 2.5 to 5 degrees, she said that "consequences, especially for the peoples of the South, would be devastating."

She further pointed out that pledges are grossly inequitable as pledges of developing countries are higher than those of developed countries.

"Developed countries' proposed targets are too low to meet what science requires, and are accompanied by 'creative accounting' proposals, which result in reductions only on paper. In addition, the extensive use of offsets will see rich countries shift the burden for reducing emissions to developing countries," Nacpil said.

Nacpil called on UNFCCC delegates to ensure that the outcomes of Bonn, specifically on KP, are directed towards achieving internationally legally binding agreements on deep, drastic emissions cuts through domestic measures by developed countries without conditionalities. "There is no acceptable excuse for not arriving at such agreements in Durban," she concluded.

Together with Maria Lourdes Tabios Nuera of the JSAPMDD Secretariat, Nacpil participated in the Bonn climate talks as an observer delegate representing JSAPMDD. Both Nacpil and Tabios Nuera monitored the developments in the negotiations, which ran from June 6 to 17, and actively collaborated with JSAPMDD's partners in the global justice movement in raising perspectives and demands of the peoples of the south, particularly the Asian region.