November 12, 1998
Update on Global Governance: The latest UN Conference
Report by Eagle Forum Correspondent Cathie Adams in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Fourth Session of the Conference of the Parties

November 2-13, 1998

The last two days of negotiations are extremely important for the American people because during these waning hours, the major players will confirm that this conference has nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with economic issues.

The stage is set for the final ceremony which will lead to the U.S. signing of the Kyoto Protocol even though the Buenos Aires meeting will not appease the U.S. Senate resolution passed by 95-0 before the Kyoto conference. It called for the President not to sign any treaty that placed legally binding obligations on the U.S. to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions "unless the protocol or agreement also mandates new specific scheduled commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Developing Country Parties within the same compliance period." Regretfully, the U.S. Senate neglected to reference scientific evidence, thereby leaving a loophole for the President to feign "meaningful participation" by the developing world and to sign the Treaty.

International courtesy and national sovereignty are foreign ideas to Mbareck Diop, President of the Senegal's National Climate Change Committee, present at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Buenos Aires. He is making a "demand for equality" and the "clean development mechanism" (CDM) will padlock his demand.

The CDM would enable industrialized countries to finance emissions-avoiding projects in developing countries and receive greenhouse gas emission credits for doing so. This avenue would allow governments and private corporations to transfer and promote "clean technologies" and wealth.

Senegalese Diop prophesied, "We believe that the CDM will give us the opportunity to achieve the structural basis we need in order to attract investments…. We are attending COP4 [Conference of the Parties 4th meeting] with one idea in mind: equality. For years now, there has been only one pilot project in African territory…. We do not agree with this kind of geographic distribution…. Annex 1 countries [the U.S. included] are responsible for around 80% of the GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions…. We must find financial resources to foment such economic growth."

Diop condemns any opposition to his scheme. "Aligned behind the interests of certain governments [the U.S.] are private groupings [freedom-loving Americans]. That explains the lack of progress seen by some nations: sometimes their private sectors are not comfortable with certain positions…. This is why we consider this type of conference highly valuable," concluded Diop. He represents only one of the G77/China (132 developing) nations, but his insults toward the U.S. and expressions of class warfare are typical at UN conferences.

The G77/China group expects compliance with the Kyoto Protocol to procure world equity. In Buenos Aires, they're like bloodhounds looking for the scent and the Clinton-Gore team has granted the scent by promising to sign the Treaty before the one-year deadline of March 1999 (possibly even today). Diop has powerful help from Senators Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut and J. Robert Kerry, D-Massachusetts who are in Buenos Aires calling on President Clinton to sign the Kyoto Climate Change Treaty Senator Lieberman says, "The Kyoto agreement is only a beginning, not a complete agreement. Kyoto set the goals and described the means of addressing climate change, and in Buenos Aires, the parties are seeking to fill in the details so we can bring the programs to life…. By signing the agreement, the Administration ensures that the U.S. will have the credibility to continue to take a leadership role in shaping and implementing these programs and in persuading the developing nations to become a part of the solution." Mr. Lieberman's "leadership role" means to rape, pillage and plunder American businesses and their associated jobs, lower our standard of living and dismantle national sovereignty granted by the U.S. Constitution.

Senator Kerry is a member of the official U.S. delegation in Buenos Aires and has met with the lead negotiators for Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and South Korea to discuss their positions on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol. He will deliver the undefined "meaningful participation" by developing nations to President Clinton.

With only two days remaining, the negotiating committees have reached no agreement on a number of issues that will now be forwarded to the COP Plenary: methodological issues on GHG inventories, technology transfers, the document preamble, the calendar of meetings, commitments, flexibility mechanisms and even whether some developing countries would make "voluntary commitments."

Yet, U.S. lead negotiator Stuart Eisenstat says that we have to meet the ambitious environmental targets set in Kyoto "with flexibility mechanisms and a compliance regime that will have us achieve these goals." He added that the final document "could very well include issues like technology transfer; the impacts of climate change on developing countries; financial mechanisms; the review of the adequacy of commitments by all parties; flexible mechanisms; compliance; and possible new pathways for developing countries to participate." Eisenstat concluded, "This is a marathon and not a sprint, and we have a long way to go."

Additional Reading
The Costs of Trading in the Global Economy
Global Goals: Bailouts, Bosnia, Lies, and Hot Air
Global Goals of the Clinton Administration
Will Treaties Rule America's Future?
Don't hold your breath until the Conference of the Parties produces a final document in Buenos Aires even though you'd be withholding greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Instead, be a true American and shout from the mountaintops that global warming is a hoax intended to redistribute economic wealth around the globe.