Danish Climate Change Treaty Draft Angers BASIC Group

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 8 (UPI) — A draft text of a climate change treaty proposed by the Danish government reveals the split in Copenhagen between developed countries and others, officials say.

The Danish draft, published by The Guardian newspaper on its Web site Tuesday, calls for overall worldwide emissions to start dropping after 2020 and to be cut in half by 2050. Negotiators from less-developed countries and representatives of non-governmental organizations such as Oxfam say that would lock in the current inequality between Europe, Japan, the United States and other developed countries and those that have less industrial development.

The BASIC group — Brazil, South Africa, India and China — wants an extension of the Kyoto Protocol.

The non-governmental organizations have also accused the Danish government of convening small working groups prior to the conference opening Monday and excluding the poorer countries, the EUobserver reported.

“The global community trusted the Danish government to host a fair and transparent process but they have betrayed that trust,” said Rahman Mehta of Action Aid India.

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