Russia objects to UN climate consensus process

A coalition of 850 green groups represented in the Climate Action Network on Friday awarded Russia a symbolic “fossil” for the country “which does the most to block progress.”

The Russians, supported by Belarus and Ukraine, are demanding a debate on how decisions are agreed at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 20-year forum for addressing global warming and its impacts…

Decisions in climate talks are already crimped by national interests and would be even weaker if they have to be formally adopted unanimously rather than by the fuzzier format of consensus, said one delegate.

“It would have the effect of redoing international law… it’s awkward and dangerous, because it could drag the plenary on, so it would impact the effectiveness of a process that already struggles to make decisions,” said the source.


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