BAD COPs are Breaking the Rules

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In UNFCCC, Careless, Obstinate Parties (COPs) who are also very high emitter are playing the game of breaking rules and making themselves as BAD (Beyond Any Decisions) COPs. A few BAD COPs such as Australia are denying putting an international institutional mechanism on Loss and Damage in the COP19 which they have unanimously agreed in Doha (COP18 decision). Now they are saying that Loss & Damage should be discussed under the Adaptation work stream and there is no need to have separate compensatory financial arrangements for L&D related activities. There current position looks like a mockery to the COP18 decision on which they also agreed that time.

Any COP decision is a unanimous decision because a single objection is instantly taken on board before the decision is being made. Once a decision is taken, every COP Parties are obliged to fulfill the responsibilities placed upon them through the decision. It takes year after years of negotiations to reach a COP decision. Despite such norms and practices, when certain COP Parties denounce a COP decision it gives a feeling that they consider themselves very mighty to break their own rules anytime. Such practice of disrespect towards any unanimous COP decision by one or a group of mighty COPs badly affects the multi-lateral talks. Nevertheless, the breaking the rules by the mighty COPs are nothing new, rather seems a common practice. In the recent times, many mighty BAD COPs such as Canada, Russia and Japan unilaterally withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol to avoid their responsibility. The irony is that UNFCCC have never reminded these BAD COPs that they are disrespecting their respective obligations and responsibilities.

The CSOs from Bangladesh have already raised the demand that no country Party should be given any liberty to unilaterally secede from a legally binding agreement in 2015 and every country must respect the legal impositions created under the UN Charter. In COP19, we all are engaging for a legally binding agreement in 2015 to tackle the global climate crisis. But now it seems that BAD COPs might jeopardize the entire effort.