Russia: UN climate consensus process ‘is very sick’

Reuters reports:

Seething after they were overruled in a consensus decision at U.N. talks in Qatar last year, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine blocked one strand of two-week climate talks in Bonn ending on Friday, by insisting on clearer rules for decision-making.

“Our process is very sick,” Russian delegate Oleg Shamanov said.

Most nations reluctantly accept the ambiguous idea of consensus as less unwieldy than the alternatives of unanimity – meaning a veto for every nation – or majority voting, which could also see countries overruled more frequently.

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