It’s all about justice

I went to a side event called Rethinking Climate Change Governance, organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in which some academics and diplomats shared their toughs about the international climate regime. The academics raised some very interesting questions as how subnational governments and civil society can be integrated into the negotiations? how can we ensure the adequate financial flows for mitigation and adaptation? should negotiations be liberated from sustainable development discussions to focus only in climate change? should we use existing financial institutions? or even what the UNFCCC is trying to govern? Even all these academic-like questions are important and very valuable to think about the process and its effectiveness, they didn’t go to the foundations of the UNFCCC.

When the turn to speak was for Lumumba Di-Aping (Sudan Ambassador to the UN, and Yale World Fellow, who we had the opportunity to have in one of our classes during the semester), I was shocked again by his clearness about what this process lack of. He said that the only way this process can succeed is when the right to survive and the right to development are fully taken into account. It is clear that some countries are trying to avoid their responsibility derived from the internationally accepted polluter pays environmental principle. It was very evident for me how the academics (most of them from developed countries) think about the process as a study topic, and Di-Aping as live or death issue

Climate justice is not only a globalifobic’s demand, should be one of the first topics to be addressed this negotiations.