UN Biodiversity deals headed for failure

As mentioned in the previous post, the UN Conference on Biodiversity looks more and more like Copenhagen that dealt with climate change. Once again it seems like the system and approach, a broad-based international political agreement, cannot respond to the needs and interests of participating members. In part, precisely because participating members come from such disparate places. The developed/developing countries divide seems to be once again a stumbling block.

What the BBC calls here the “chair’s text” seems very close to the empty protocol that was drafted in Copenhagen. That is my guess for the conclusion of this conference – an empty document, which will be announced as some accomplishment but will get nothing done.

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