Turkey plays poverty card at climate talks

December 04, 2018

The tone has been set early for difficult climate negotiations in ­Poland where money and workers’ rights have moved quickly to the top of the agenda. The Conservative Party has urged the Morrison government not to take part in the talks.

The opening session of the UN climate meeting was delayed by an ­official request from Turkey that it be downgraded to developing-­nation status.

A downgrade would potentially give Turkey access to billions of dollars in international climate finance — the issue that for many is likely to define success or failure in Poland.

The Turkish delegation gave notice its priority negotiation topic was to exit the list of developed countries that are ­expected to contribute more in climate financing and emission reductions.

It is a further sign of backsliding which follows the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and the last-minute move by Brazil’s new President to pull his country out of hosting next year’s conference.

The World Bank Group has now set a goal to double its climate targets for 2021-2025 to about $US200 billion to help countries take ambitious climate action.

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