CROWDSOURCING ACCOUNTABILITY: DECISIONMAKR RANKINGS Day 7 – WHO’S ON THE BOTTOM?

By Yiting Wang and Angel Hsu

DecisionMakr welcomes you back to the final week of the Doha climate conference. Brief showers of rare rain cleared up the afternoon sky on Saturday, but the battle goes on.  As the second week of the Doha climate talks begin, ministers from around the world are arriving, which means the stakes of the negotiations have automatically been raised.  Most of the technical discussions (Subsidiary Bodies, etc.) have concluded, and delegations are working overtime to shape up the text for their ministers to hammer out remaining details. Many people especially the youth constituencies welcomed that the Subsidiary Bodies of Implementation adopted the Doha Work Programme on Article 6 of the Convention, which addresses climate change education and garners support and broader participation, including from the Global Environmental Facility to finance educational and capacity-building programs. The developing countries continue to be frustrated by the ambiguity of developed countries’ reduction ambition in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, along with other issues such as adaptation and finance.

These next few days will be critical for observers and the outside public to apply pressure to ministers to lay a solid foundation for the road to a 2015 global deal.  Toward this goal, the DecisionMakr smartphone and web app was launched on Nov. 26 to allow Twitter users to rate the quality and content of negotiators’ statements. Nearly 45 countries have received feedback and ratings from an increasing amount of users engaging with DecisionMakr.

By 6 pm Monday, Dec. 2 Tuvalu was topping the leaderboard, followed by Uganda, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and the Philippines. Analogies continue to pop up. “Paperless conference does not mean no text!” Many app users gave the Philippines’ negotiators high stars for skillfully delivering the sense of urgency we all need from the current talks.

Poland secured the bottom of the list for insisting on AAU carry-overs – a hot-button issue regarding surplus emission credits that threatens to undermine the integrity of the EU carbon market in the future – along with Canada and New Zealand for moving away from a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol.

However, most disappointing has been the last-minute door-closing of open plenaries.  This afternoon, observers were primed to follow the debate in the Durban Protocol (AWG-DP) track, only to be shut out. @WilliamMDoha critiqued: “Amalgamated all the open and closed meetings into one big closed meeting. No transparency whatsoever on this track.” Now, more than ever, it is critical for us to stay engaged and making sure that we use the app as a way to hold countries accountable for what happens in Doha.

The Outreach magazine published daily by the Stakeholder Forum for COP 18 is also reporting a daily round-up of the DecisionMakr round-up.