Some countries can afford to send hundreds of negotiators and support staff. They’re well rested in their pleasant hotels. They spread the endless meetings and tough work load between their dedicated, well rested and well informed teams. They have no shortage of lawyers, professional negotiators, economists and expert advisers. Other countries don’t. They can’t afford it. They can’t afford to send hundreds of people. They can’t afford to get them half way across the world. They can’t afford the salaries, the transport and the accommodation.
So the poorest countries, who contribute the least to climate change, and have the most to lose are the countries with the smallest voice. Sound fair? Not really.
Established in 2009 as a voluntary group of committed young people from many different countries UN fair play was a group of young people who set out to do something about this inequity. For more information, blog posts and coverage see the website here.
At the Cancun COP of the UNFCCC, UN Fair Play launched its unique report on the capacity and information gaps at the UN Climate Negotiations. We were talking about capacity issues long before it became sexy. The report was based on an extensive survey of government negotiators and civil society representatives within the process. The survey and the report were all carried out by young people under the age of 30 volunteering their time. The report was endorsed by 350.org and Rajendra Pachauri - then Chair of IPCC. The report and UN Fair Play were also covered by The Guardian here: The Guardian (2 Really great articles on The Guardian Site by John Vidal): On the Report and on us.
You can find the report on the UNFCCC website here.