Politics and diplomacy of climate4 min read 17 Dec 2012, 07:20 PM IST
The Doha conference has failed to quell doubts whether an agreement based on equity can be reached
An element of inevitability has crept into the multilateral negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Unlike in the past, the 18th meeting of the conference of parties (COP), which concluded in Doha less than two weeks ago, evoked little interest as nothing but a stalemate was expected. Collectively, the countries under UNFCCC have yet again ignored the repeated warnings by scientists about climate-related catastrophes. The latter have warned that these episodes will become regular if emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are not controlled. Only one outcome of COP18 has any real significance—the countries took some decisions that gave this multilateral forum a further lease of life. Thus, hope persists that the comity of nations will someday agree and deliver the elusive global public good.