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Le Figaro, France
The Climate Summit and the
Challenge of Governing a Planet
fact that questions of such complexity are being discussed in a forum as large
and disorganized as this shows how much progress is needed … Whether there is
an agreement or not, the creation of a global organization for the environment
is required to end the rat race."
By Pierre Rousselin
Translated By Philippe Guittard
December 16, 2009
France - Le Figaro - Original Article (French)
It's in a state of great
confusion that the Copenhagen Conference enters its decisive phase. It can
hardly be otherwise with 190 countries directly negotiating over questions as crucial
as those related to the survival of the planet and that involves, in every
nation, strategic choices.
That the climate conference has
aroused such interest is in itself immense progress. This suggests a universal consciousness
of the dangers of development that ignores our environment.
But the fact that questions
of such complexity are being discussed in a forum as large and disorganized as
this shows how much progress is needed to improve global governance.
Setting equitable emissions targets
for greenhouse gas emissions, mobilizing considerable resources to assist the
poorest countries and deciding on control mechanisms: the agenda in Copenhagen is
more ambitious than at any previous international arena.
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Bringing the United States,
India and China within a framework established by a small committee under Kyoto
is no simple matter. Hence the impression of a rat race in which each party
pursues its own interests without taking account of the frame of reference of its
partners, and often without precisely explaining how it intends to reach its goals.
How can one ensure that such commitments will be met?
As the world has grown more complicated, negotiations
have become more difficult. With the emergence of China,
India and Brazil, there are no longer the rich on one side and the poor on the
other. There's no longer the West on
one side and the rest of the world on the other. The era in which a nation or
group of nations could impose their will on the entire planet is past. Going from the G7 to the G20 was
a step in this process, and Copenhagen is another.
[The Telegraph, U.K.]
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atmosphere of chaos, France is trying to impose some order. Nicolas Sarkozy rallied
support for his proposal on Brazil, a key nation because of its booming development
and its possession of the Amazon, the largest forest in the world. A
partnership is emerging with Africa, which is particularly vulnerable to global
warming. The objective: To initiate a consensus and to bring in other major
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Whether there is
an agreement in Copenhagen or not, the creation of a global organization to oversee
the environment is required to end the rat race.
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