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Africa civil society protest as UN Climate talks go extra time.

African Environmental groups at the Climate Change conference in Peruvian city Lima have demonstrated against failure by governments to agree on what should be included in a new climate change agreement.
13 Dec 2014 08:29
Activist lay on the floor protesting against slow progess at the UN Climate talks in Lima Peru.

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African Environmental groups  at the Climate Change conference in Peruvian city Lima have demonstrated against failure by governments to  agree on  what should be included  in a  new climate change agreement.

The activists unlike in 2013 conference in Liam where they stormed out of the negotiations, this time around took the UN security by surprise when they lay down in front of the main conference.

Men, women in suits, other in traditional wear from their countries, and other donning  T  shirts from their respective organizations lay on the hot floor at the time  the Latin America scorching  was about to set.

The African civil society under their Umbrella group Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) tired of what for what they called slow process begun chanting slogans asking ministers at the conference and other negotiators to support the African position on Intended nationally determined contributions or (INDCs).

They were to be joined by activists from other developing countries out of Africa that support what the African group is pushing for at the conference.

///Cue In “Please stand with poor….

Cue Out …act is now”////

The protest came after the negotiations were continuing past official closing time. They should have been completed by latest evening of December 12th but by almost 11 o'clock (by 13th December about 5 00 am Uganda) time, the negotiators were yet to break the deadlock.

The talks that opened early this month amidst a sense optimism with counties like US , China and the European Union bloc announcing their plans to cut down their greenhouse gases have ended up in a deadlock between the Developed and Developing countries.

The controversy is whether all countries should now bear the burden of cutting down greenhouse gases when a new agreement comes into force in 2020.

Under expiring Kyoto protocol that has been in place for the last twenty years, countries had been classified under as annex one and non-annex one countries.

Annex 1 countries were those developed countries blamed for emitting the ozone-layer depleting gases while non-annex one countries like Uganda whose emissions from industries has been low but are suffering from effects of climate change due to emission by developed countries.

The call for equal burden sharing was moved by the United States seemingly targeting countries like China whose greenhouse emissions are deemed among the highest.

Poor countries arguing that before signing on they needed to see greater commitments that the industrialized countries would keep to their end of a bargain of providing the money needed to fight climate change.

They want the cost of rebuilding infrastructure damaged by floods and other climate changed related phenomena to be borne by the developed countries. 

Other countries frustrating the process include Russia, Ukraine and Belarus who are refusing to agree on some of the process that had been worked on in Quarter at the Climate conference there.

As time went, he Peruvian environment minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal made an earnest plea to the negotiators not to leave Lima empty handed.

////Cue In “we as a host country

Cue Out …lets go to work”////

Uganda's delegation to the negotiations is led by Water and Environment Minister, Professor Ephraim Kamuntu. Some of the Ugandan delegation members were already packing bags pack home as the talks went on.