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Copenhagen sees unity between developing nations

Developing nations are displaying impressive solidarity at the climate summit in Copenhagen after they walked out of negotiations, later returning to demand equal treatment.

Led by Africa and China, the G77 bloc withdrew from talks over accusations that Denmark was running the summit in an “undemocratic” way.

The unity between developing countries shows the kind of cooperation that Lee Jasper called for on this blog at the start of the conference.

On Friday, South African led protests against the draft “Danish text” which proposed that rich nations be allowed to emit 2.67 tones of carbon per person but limit poor countries to just 1.44 tons. The tactic led to accusations of “Carbon Colonialism.”

Today the main complaint appeared to be fears that industrialised nations were stalling on an agreement to allow the leaders of the most powerful nations to “steamroller” a treaty in their favour in the final stages.

Africa countries say they will reject a deal that is not based on the Kyoto Protocol.

The unity between the G77 bloc, representing 130 of the poorest nations plus India and China, shows that the developing world is willing to stand up to the biggest players in order to get a fair and just agreement.

By Lester Holloway

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