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Copenhagen 6th Day

Environmentalists from all over the world traveled to Copenhagen during the last few days and planned a large scale demonstration demanding a global climate deal. The demonstration carried was a 6 km march to Bella center with as much as 80,000 participants from 67 countries.

The President of the UN climate conference, Connie Hedegaard said on Saturday that the conference had made a significant progress in the first week itself. Progress was made on using forests to soak CO2 and effective supply of alternate energy- wind, solar etc. Industrial countries criticized the climatic draft passed on Friday.

India has rejected the ‘peaking’ year concept but was committed to curbing carbon emissions. Indian environment minister Jairam ramesh said that India was in Copenhagen to play a constructive and a leadership role. India has proposed a voluntary target of reducing emissions by 20 to 25% by 2020 as compared to levels in 2005. India also plans to introduce MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification), which is subject to international finance.

Mexico also plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 million tonnes a year which will begin in 2012 with the country’s own funds itself, informed the Mexican president Felipe Calderon. The country is planning to reduce greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2020.

The G-77 negotiator, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aiping for 130 countries was certainly not impressed by the funds of 7.2 billion euro for 3 years. He was also unhappy with the EU commitment to provide funds for 3 years and termed as short term. The EU estimates that the funding required for the developing countries to be around 100 billion euro annually by 2020.

The 50 African countries are demanding and asking a tough demand. They are demanding a 5% GDP share from rich countries. 5% of USA GDP alone amounts to 722 billion US dollars. Hence demands of African countries is very high and the debate still continues.

Environmentalists from all over the world traveled to Copenhagen during the last few days and planned a large scale demonstration demanding a global climate deal. The demonstration carried was a 6 km march to Bella center with as much as 80,000 participants from 67 countries.

The President of the UN climate conference, Connie Hedegaard said on Saturday that the conference had made a significant progress in the first week itself. Progress was made on using forests to soak CO2 and effective supply of alternate energy- wind, solar etc. Industrial countries criticized the climatic draft passed on Friday.

India has rejected the ‘peaking’ year concept but was committed to curbing carbon emissions. Indian environment minister Jairam ramesh said that India was in Copenhagen to play a constructive and a leadership role. India has proposed a voluntary target of reducing emissions by 20 to 25% by 2020 as compared to levels in 2005. India also plans to introduce MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification), which is subject to international finance.

Mexico also plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 million tonnes a year which will begin in 2012 with the country’s own funds itself, informed the Mexican president Felipe Calderon. The country is planning to reduce greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2020.

The G-77 negotiator, Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aiping for 130 countries was certainly not impressed by the funds of 7.2 billion euro for 3 years. He was also unhappy with the EU commitment to provide funds for 3 years and termed as short term. The EU estimates that the funding required for the developing countries to be around 100 billion euro annually by 2020.

The 50 African countries are demanding and asking a tough demand. They are demanding a 5% GDP share from rich countries. 5% of USA GDP alone amounts to 722 billion US dollars. Hence demands of African countries is very high and the debate still continues.