Developing Nations End Copenhagen Boycott

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 14 (UPI) — Negotiations at the U.N. climate change summit resumed Monday in Copenhagen, Denmark, after developing nations returned from a boycott, observers said.

The summit was suspended briefly after G77-China bloc, made up of 130 nations, staged a walkout over what it called a violation of the democratic process by the Danish hosts, but the summit resumed Monday afternoon after delegates from the bloc returned, the BBC reported.

The walkout, however, added to a sense of gloom at the summit, the broadcaster said, describing some delegates as “forlorn” and speaking of much negotiating that still needed to be done.

Developing countries have accused advanced nations of ignoring their concerns at Copenhagen, especially their demands that the Kyoto Protocol — the only international legally binding instrument that has curbed carbon emissions — be extended along with its development money for investment in clean energy projects, the BBC said.

“It has become clear that the Danish presidency — in the most undemocratic fashion — is advancing the interests of the developed countries at the expense of the balance of obligations between developed and developing countries,” G77-China chief negotiator Lumumba Di-Aping told the British broadcaster.

Meanwhile U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu was to unveil an international plan to deploy clean technology in developing countries, White House administrators said.

The $350 million, five-year, broad-based Climate Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative includes measures such as installing solar lanterns in poor households to promoting advanced energy-efficient appliances, The Washington Post reported.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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