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Poor Countries Whining They Are Excluded From Exotic Cancun Climate Talks

Written By : William Teach
December 4, 2010

Poor little babies, can’t get in on all the moolah and the awesome buffets

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The UN climate negotiations are weighted heavily against the poorest countries, who cannot send delegates to key meetings, often do not understand what is being said and are unable keep up with the decisions being taken in their name, a report by an NGO that promotes fairness in the negotiations has found.

Bummer. Here’s where it gets fun, though

While rich countries have sent more than 150 delegates each to Cancún, more than half of the countries in the world have fewer than five representatives, with 26 countries having only one or two. For every 100m people living in Africa there are three negotiators – the equivalent figure for the EU is 6.4.

The report found that Brazil sent 591, Indonesia 162, Nigeria 175 and South Africa 199. The UK and US sent 48 and 155 delegates respectively. (snip)

According to the report – which based its figures on the delegate list for the talks – the UK has sent 48 delegates, the US has sent 155, Japan 114, Mexico 119, Nigeria 175, Republic of Korea 111, South Africa 199, EU 102, Pakistan 50 and Bangladesh 97.

Wow, those are quite a few jet planes and limo’s putting out all sorts of GHGs.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach. sit back and Relax. we’ll dRive!

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