Category: "Copenhagen Climate Summit"

Ethiopia - Obama expressed appreciation for the 'leadership role' Meles plays

December 16th, 2009

Ethiopia - Obama expressed appreciation for the 'leadership role' Meles plays

Readout of the President’s calls with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia

White House Press Release

As President Obama continues to lay the foundation for an international political agreement on climate change in Copenhagen, he is reaching out personally to his counterparts around the world. Yesterday, the President spoke with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Meles of Ethiopia.

President Obama encouraged Prime Minister Hasina to help reach robust agreement at the Leaders summit later this week in Copenhagen. The President reviewed efforts by the United States on climate change and reiterated his commitment to making progress. He emphasized his desire to reach a pragmatic solution that encompasses action by all countries. For her part, Prime Minister Hasina expressed appreciation for the efforts of the United States and noted that 80% of Bangladesh’s 150 million people could be negatively affected by climate change. The two leaders agreed on the importance of working closely with the Danish Prime Minister to reach an appropriate agreement and of encouraging all developed and developing countries to play a constructive role. The President also expressed support for Bangladesh’s efforts to combat terrorism in South Asia.

With Prime Minister Meles, the President reviewed efforts by the United States on climate change and reiterated his commitment to making progress. He expressed his appreciation for the leadership role the Prime Minister was playing in work with African countries on climate change, and urged him to help reach agreement at the Leaders summit later this week in Copenhagen. For his part, Prime Minister Meles stressed the importance of success in Copenhagen, and the need to find ways to make suitable progress on the mitigation, adaptation, and the provision of finance for the developing countries.

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'Death of Kyoto would be death of Africa': AU

December 15th, 2009
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) welcomes Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi AFP

'Death of Kyoto would be death of Africa': AU

Source: AFP

ADDIS ABABA —
The African Union on Tuesday estimated that the Copenhagen summit on climate change could lead to the "death warrant for the Kyoto Protocol," the only instrument currently regulating emission of greenhouse gases.

"Representatives of the continent have unanimously made known their absolute and determined refusal to pursue consultations that would sign the death warrant for the Kyoto Protocol," said a statement sent to AFP.

"The UN Framework Convention of Climate Change sets out general principles with no binding clauses, while the Kyoto Protocol, for its part, is a judicial instrument for commitments to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases."

For the 53-member African Union, which is to be represented in Copenhagen by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as negotiator in chief, "the death of the Kyoto Protocol would be the death of Africa."

On Monday, the African nations walked out of working group sessions in the Danish capital to demand a plenary session on the future of the protocol, then they resumed conference activity in the afternoon.

"Everything leads us to believe ... that a far less stringent climatic regime is being prepared by the developing countries," the pan-African body's statement said.

"The consequences of the disappearance of the Kyoto Protocol for Africa are principally famine, population displacements, floods, drought, social conflicts, diseases and decisively the worsening of poverty."

The AU said that the main result expected from the Copenhagen summit "is the obtaining of ambitious commitments on the part of the developed nations, those mainly responsible for global warming with its dramatic consequences for Africa. To set the protocol aside would reduce hope to nothing."

Last Friday, Meles said that a "failure of the Copenhagen summit would be a failure for Africa," the continent the most affected by global warming, though it produces less than four percent of the planet's greenhouse gases.

"My feeling is that people are prepared to ignore Africa's plea, which is morally unacceptable but rationally understandable," Meles said, adding that Africa would seek alliances with countries such as China and India.

"I have been assured of China's support and India will probably take the same position. I suppose therefore that if there is no accord that Africa can sign, there will be no accord," he warned.

Meles met Tuesday in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a joint Europe-Africa push to reach a global deal at the talks in Copenhagen due to end on Friday.

France and African states drew up a joint statement backing targets to limit the rise in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius and to offer financial aid to help poor countries adapt.

"Such stakes for the planet are so important that an alliance between Africa and Europe is absolutely crucial, and that is the message I will give to (US President) Barack Obama," Sarkozy said.

Ethiopia - Meles Zenawi to make a stopover in Paris and London on his way to Copenhagen

December 13th, 2009
Ethiopia's President Girma Wolde Giorgis (C) and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (L) arrive at a farewell ceremony for the Ethiopian delegation leaving for Copenhagen, in the capital Addis Ababa December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Irada Humbatova (ETHIOPIA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

Ethiopia - Meles Zenawi to make a stopover in Paris and London on his way to Copenhagen

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African Union threatens to scuttle a deal

African Union climate negotiator Meles Zenawi has sought Chinese and Indian backing if the African demands are not being taken seriously.

If Copenhagen is going to be about an agreement that simply rides roughshod over Africa, then we will try to scuttle it, and I think we have reasonable assurance we can scuttle it if our concerns are not addressed," says Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who represents the African Union at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, according to US government funded Voice of America.

According to Bloomberg, Meles had received assurances from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in a telephone conversation earlier this week that China won’t sign any climate change agreement in Copenhagen unless African demands for compensation for the effects of global warming are met.

On emissions, lots of progress has been made, Meles says. According to AFP, his primary worry is about funding.

According to Voice of America, Meles would stop in Paris and London for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown before heading to Copenhagen. Here, he would seek assurances that the offer pledged by European countries would be what he called "real money" and not an illusion.

Ethiopian dictator shouldn't represent Africa at COP15 - Video

December 6th, 2009

Ethiopian dictator shouldn't represent Africa at COP15 - Video

Freelance journalist Doug McGill, a former New York Times reporter, argues that Ethiopian dictator Meles Zenawi should not be allowed to represent all of Africa at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15). Also interviewed: Ethiopian immigrant Magn Nyang, PhD, who speaks of the genocide in his native Anuak region in 2003.

Filmed at the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 12-4-2009 by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake: http://theuptake.org Distributed by Tubemogul.

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