Nepal expresses discontentment over Copenhagen climate change conference 2009-12-20 11:33:03   Print

    By Binju Sitaula

    KATHMANDU, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Nepal, a Himalayan Kingdom, on Saturday expressed its discontentment over the recently held global meeting on climate change in Copenhagen.

    Nepal, having organized campaigns against climate change and its adverse effects on melting Himalayas in national and international arena, termed "15th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen" a failure to come to a consensus.

    "It is highly disappointing that countries which are responsible for climate change are not taking corrective measures even at this last stage," said Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal on Saturday.

    "None of the polluting countries signed any legally binding agreement to reduce the level of carbon emission, nor is it clear that the how and which mechanism developed countries will support a goal of mobilizing fund to address the needs of developing countries," Manandhar said talking to Xinhua.

    It's a setback for Nepal in particular and people living in the drainage system of the Himalayas in general, being one of the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change, according to him.

    Nepal was expecting very high in Copenhagen meeting from developed countries to commit to reduce carbon emission and to offer compensation to least developing countries.

    Though their expectation to get compensation form developed countries and their commitment to reduce carbon emission failed to meet, Nepal is contented to see they grab the global attention on melting Himalayas and millions of people living there.

    According to Manandhar, the speech that Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal delivered in Copenhagen was effective enough to take actions from Nepal's side.

    Nepali PM had also called upon to form regional collaboration from group of mountainous countries to tackle climate change issue in an international arena.

    WWF Nepal had launched "Climate for Life... a call from the Himalayas" which has achieved tremendous success since April 2009 to bring about massive awareness in Nepal about climate change and its impacts on the lives and livelihoods of Nepali people.

    The campaign initiated by WWF Nepal to raise the profile of the Himalayas in the global climate debate in collaboration with Nepali government and large number of non-profit as well as private organizations somehow succeeded drawing global attention toward melting Himalayas due to climate change.

    Despite a near failure of Copenhagen talks, the campaigns launched in Nepal succeeded in raising awareness about impacts of climate change in Nepal, and increasing the profile of the Himalayas in the global climate debate, experts claimed on Saturday summarizing the outcome of Copenhagen in context of Himalayas.

    "With the help of various campaigns, we became able to highlight Himalayan kingdom Nepal in climate issue in global arena, we became able to bring Nepal-Himalaya and climate change issue together within a year," said Dawa Steven Sherpa, famous Nepali mountaineer.

    Nepali mountaineers Apa Sherpa, the world record holder for climbing Mt. Everest (Qomolangma) for 19th times and Dawa are the ambassador to "Climate for life" campaign who went to Czech Republic for "European Expedition" on Nov. 19.

    "Himalayas are melting, situation of white Himalayas and thousands of people living in the region are at risk due the global warming. So the reason we are leading this campaign to make glacier outburst a global issue to be discussed in Copenhagen," Dawa told Xinhua.

    "Due to the melting Himalayas we are having problem of water, so we need security to water. Because of melting Himalays, more and more glacier lakes are in danger of outburst, we want to secure those threatening glacier lakes and to save lives of millions of people in the reason," he added.

    If developed and developing nations have technology like drought resisting crop, clean technology, among others, they should share it with us. They cannot hide it from us, he said further talking to Xinhua on Saturday.

    "Its been two years that Apa Sherpa and I got involved in these campaigns. I never hoped that our county and political will come to this level with real political commitments. I'm very hopeful and we need to push more in next coming Cop16 meeting," he said. 

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Editor: Li Xianzhi
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