|Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain after Munich|
For a politician from a Western country to be accused of signing a Munich Agreement is a stinging rebuke of that politician's moral principles.
The document was an appeasement to major polluters that condemns the world to runaway climate change and declares war on our children.
The conference in December ended with an "accord", with no legal status and dubious value, as one of its key outcomes.
The political agreement was simply "noted" by governments, not adopted by them. Its very existence, however, could now undermine the architecture established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to combat global climate change.
Given that there are no targets, no peaking years, no trajectories for emissions reductions, only vague rhetoric, this is effectively an agreement for business-as-usual.
She then hammers the agreement as a one of betrayal of many stakeholders:
The Copenhagen Accord is a cruel blow for millions around the world who had put their faith in their leaders to deliver on climate protection. Never before had such a constellation of groups and institutions come together: civil society, faith groups, business and industry, the investment community, scientists, engineers and professional organisations. Even the UN itself, which ran an unprecedented "seal the deal" campaign, called for urgent action. Leaders responded to the call and came to Copenhagen, but they did not deliver. This is a failure of historic proportions because an "encore" will be very difficult. We now have the modern equivalent of the Munich Agreement.
But when the dust settled, the biggest and most powerful nation did not sign the Kyoto agreement.
|Malini Maher of CSM|
|China & USA agree at Copenhagen|