8 Oct 2010

PNG stalling UN climate talks:Greenpeace

10:25 am on 8 October 2010

Greenpeace has criticised Papua New Guinea for stalling crucial global climate change talks in China.

Delegates from more than 170 countries are meeting in Tianjin, China to try to revive UN climate negotiations that failed to create a binding agreement in Copenhagen last year, ahead of a summit in Mexico.

The global bickering centres on the details of the complex UN plan to reduce climate change through its Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, or REDD, agenda.

PNG, as co-chair of the REDD negotiations, is arguing for less scrutiny on donor funding as a way to fast-track the process.

But Greenpeace forests campaigner in PNG, Sam Moko, says this shows PNG appeared more interested in donor money than seriously tackling climate change.

He says with a reputation of corruption, complete disregard for land owner rights, and free and prior informed consent, PNG is in no fit state to be receiving REDD funding without strict conditions in place.

Mr Moko says the PNG delegation is using its position to keep stakeholders, such as green groups and indigenous people's groups, away from the meetings in an attempt to keep rules on social and biodiversity safeguards out of the REDD framework.