60-Second Expert: Cancun

Despite the recent reports showing the alarming advancement of global warming trends, climate negotiators at Cancun were destined to abandon the essential goal of mandatory emissions controls. The result, a set of voluntary, market-based incentives, is a worst-case...

Shielding Climate Talks from Public Scrutiny

It’s the beginning of the second week of the climate summit here in Cancun and everyone — from NGOs, to governments, to the policy wonks — is starting to get jumpy as it becomes clear that a battle is brewing between those who want a climate deal at any cost, and...

Serendipity at the climate negotiations

Getting ready for the global climate summit in Cancun was a practice in not getting my hopes up. Everywhere I looked –the news, statements from the U.S., even in the environmental community – I was warned to keep my expectations of anything significant being...

Climate Justice Policy Factsheets

IPS joined with a number of policy groups in assembling a suite of factsheets on the most pressing issues within the global climate debate, reflecting the topics that climate negotiators inside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will have to grapple with...
The Cancun Setup

The Cancun Setup

The first thing to say about the climate negotiations – meeting soon in sunny Mexico – is that they’re teetering at the edge of what, back in the day, we used to call a “legitimation crisis.” On every side, folks are eager to suggest the...

The Dracula Round

Like the good Count of Transylvania, the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round of negotiations has died more than once. It first collapsed during the WTO ministerial meeting held in Cancun in September 2003. After apparently coming back from the dead, many...

Mr. Hardball Goes to the World Bank

Nine days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, I opened up The Washington Post and stared right into the flinty mind of one Robert B. Zoellick, the Bush administration’s pick for new World Bank president. While the rest of the country was still in a haze of...