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09 Dec 2009 12:12:06

Leaked draft proposals risk Copenhagen deal

Leaked draft proposals risk Copenhagen deal
A draft document leaked to the Guardian has jeopardised the success of the ongoing climate change conference taking place in Copenhagen.

The source revealed that world leaders will next week be asked to reach a deal that will see more power handed over to richer countries and the UN's role diminished.

Developing countries, including the likes of China, have been left infuriated by the plans.

Oxfam International climate policy adviser Antonio Hill said: "This is only a draft but it highlights the risk that when the big countries come together, the small ones get hurt … It allows too many loopholes and does not suggest anything like the 40 per cent cuts that science is saying is needed."

Mr Hill added: "It proposes a green fund to be run by a board but the big risk is that it will [be] run by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility and not the UN. That would be a step backwards, and it tries to put constraints on developing countries when none were negotiated in earlier UN climate talks."

Under the draft proposals, richer countries will be allowed to emit nearly twice as much carbon emissions per capita than developing countries.

The conference is set to continue until December 18th.



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