Climate Conference: 'Pronk paper' basis for agreement?
The Hague, Nov. 23 - Tonight chairman Pronk issued a "Note by the president of Cop6", hoping to provide a base for further negotiations, which will be continued at 0:00 tonight and will possibly be prolonged until saturday at noon.
In a first reaction at their press conference, the Dutch delegation said the 'Pronk Paper' is a decent piece of work. The delegation thinks the paper does not represent major concessions for the EU.
The EU reaction however speaks of a disappointing and unacceptable proposal.
In their swift reaction, the WWF and Milieudefensie (FOE The Netherlands) are expecting an increase in emissions based on Pronk's paper.
Milieudefensie will start a permanent 'dike watch' of their dike in front of the conference centre tomorrow November 24 at 14:00 in protest.
At the other end of the scale, the 'Global Climate Coalition' states tonight that the paper would cause "unacceptable expenses for American workers, families and consumers" and "severely restricts the ability to develop a worldwide system for trading emission credits".
Photo: ©2000 Boyd Noorda, Socia Media
In his press conference at 22:15, Pronk called his paper a balanced proposal with "something in it for all groups" but with also "pain for all groups". He sees the paper as a possible solution for agreement and will only discuss it with representatives at the highest level. Pronk also urged all delegations to refrain from comments and first evaluate the paper thoroughly. "I do not want statements, but positions". Pronk thinks it is still possible to reach agreement.
Boyd Noorda, Socia Media
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