196 nations put their head together and try to chalk out a common agenda which will commit every nation to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. However it still falls far short of the measures which will stop the effects of global warming. Time is running short and there is only two weeks left for producing a framework for the climate change accord which will be signed by the world leaders in Paris next year.
UN officials had scheduled to release the draft framework of the climate accord on Friday but deep disagreement between the rich and the developing nations have delayed the release to Friday night and possibly whole of Saturday.
Peruvian officials were seething after they found that Greenpeace activists had entered the restricted area, trampling ancient, undisturbed grounds.
The core of the draft requires all nations to detail over the next six months a comprehensive domestic policy plan to cut its emissions of green house gasses from fossil fuels. The plans will find its way into the UN website and will constitute the framework for an accord to be signed next December and to be enacted by 2020.
The accord can be considered as a breakthrough in the impasse which had dogged UN for the last 20 years in its efforts to hammer out a global warming deal. Till date the negotiations required the developed nations to act while it left the two of the biggest greenhouse gas polluters in the world-China and India to go scot free.
The Lima framework is trying to change the old order and will require every nation to do its bit. On its own the draft will not achieve much to prevent the global warming to cross the 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over the pre-industrial average.
Speaking to delegates here on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We’re still on a course leading to tragedy. Nobody here thinks an agreement will be a silver bullet that eliminates this threat, but we can’t get anywhere without an agreement.”