Criticism from developing nations mounts at climate summit

2009-12-11 10:12

THE rift between industrialised and poor nations was growing today

at the Copenhagen climate summit, as the spokesperson for the G77 group of

developing nations accused the rich world of undermining the conference.

Sudan’s Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, spokesperson for the

130-nation grouping, left a meeting with the Danish conference presidency in

protest overnight, Denmark’s TV2 News reported.

He later blamed the hosts for “undermining” the conference. The

negative intent of some people was ruining the climate meeting, he said.

“The conference is not going well,” Di-Aping added.

Sudan’s UN ambassador has complained several times about the lack

of will of rich countries to finance climate aid for developing countries.

In a meeting in Brussels yesterday the 27 member states of the

European Union (EU) failed to agree on a climate mitigation budget for

developing nations.

Poorer nations in Copenhagen were also opposed to plans by the US

and EU to elicit concrete emission cuts from them.

Developing nations are most hit by the effects of climate change.

Greenhouse gas emissions by industrialised nations are a major cause of climate


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