Taxpayer-funded talkfests to continue

When are we going to get someone with the guts to stand up and say, “Enough is enough”?? The latest scam in the non-stop climate conference junket malarky is that extra conferences have to be scheduled because countries cannot agree.

So, before we can move on from Bonn, Germany to Katowice, Poland we need another jaunt off to Bangkok to iron out some details. What a rort! Quote:

The UN will hold an extra round of climate talks in Bangkok in September after lacklustre progress this fortnight.

Long-rumoured talks in the Thai capital were confirmed by UN officials on Tuesday night, according to several sources, including Poland?s climate envoy Tomasz Chruszczow.

Countries have spent the past nine days in Bonn, Germany, negotiating the rules that will govern the Paris Agreement, with a decision due in December in Katowice. But dealmakers have become bogged down in technical detail. End of quote.

Remember the huge back-slapping, congratulatory hoohah that went on in the media when the “Paris Agreement” was signed in 2015? Well, three years later the rules that will govern the ‘historic’ Paris Agreement still cannot be agreed on. Obviously, there are several definitions of the word ‘agreement’ in operation here.

Perhaps the Kiwi contingent should have been a little more forceful back in 2015 and they could have announced the historic “Paris Yeah/Nah”? Quote:

Stalemate around the differentiation of commitments between rich and poor countries remains a problem, said Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists.

?We?ve seen some progress here on several issues on a technical level. Other discussions are really stuck because of sharp political differences,? said Meyer.

On Monday, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa told journalists there would be no ?negotiating text? at the end of the Bonn talks on Thursday. Without that document, negotiators will arrive in Poland without a basis for talks. End of quote.

Well, how about staying home if you have no basis for talks?

What? And jeopardise my Platinum Flyer status? Quote:

This has left organisers scrambling for more negotiating time, hence the announcement of the week-long meeting in Bangkok.

That meeting has been assumed by many involved in these talks for some time. Some negotiators Climate Home News spoke to raised concerns that the prospect of more time in September led to a lack of urgency in Bonn.

Extraordinary sessions are not unprecedented during important years for the climate process. In the lead up to the Paris deal, two interim meetings were held instead of the usual one. End of quote.

Wikipedia provided 1 – 24 for this list, which, clearly, does not include all the ‘interim’ meetings.

1 1995: COP 1, Berlin, Germany
2 1996: COP 2, Geneva, Switzerland
3 1997: COP 3, Kyoto, Japan
4 1998: COP 4, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 1999: COP 5, Bonn, Germany
6 2000: COP 6, The Hague, Netherlands
7 2001: COP 6, Bonn, Germany
8 2001: COP 7, Marrakech, Morocco
9 2002: COP 8, New Delhi, India
10 2003: COP 9, Milan, Italy
11 2004: COP 10, Buenos Aires, Argentina
12 2005: COP 11/CMP 1, Montreal, Canada
13 2006: COP 12/CMP 2, Nairobi, Kenya
14 2007: COP 13/CMP 3, Bali, Indonesia
15 2008: COP 14/CMP 4, Pozna?, Poland
16 2009: COP 15/CMP 5, Copenhagen, Denmark
17 2010: COP 16/CMP 6, Canc?n, Mexico
18 2011: COP 17/CMP 7, Durban, South Africa
19 2012: COP 18/CMP 8, Doha, Qatar
20 2013: COP 19/CMP 9, Warsaw, Poland
21 2014: COP 20/CMP 10, Lima, Peru
22 2015: COP 21/CMP 11, Paris, France
23 2016: COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1-1, Marrakech, Morocco
24 2017: COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1-2, Bonn, Germany
25 2018: SBSTA 48?Bonn, Germany
26 2018: Interim meeting junket, Bangkok, Thailand
27 2018: COP 24/CMP 14/CMA 1-3, Katowice, Poland

What have all those air miles, hotel bed nights and function dinners achieved?

Three-fifths of diddly squat.