Wednesday, May 17, 2017

‘Vulnerable Voices’ Lash Out as Companies Sway Climate Talks - The New York Times

1Workers from Wuhan Guangsheng Photovoltaic installed solar panels on the roof of a building in Wuhan, China, last month. China has become a defender of an ambitious climate change policy. (Credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
Developing nations and environmental groups are challenging some of the world’s biggest companies and wealthiest countries over the role corporate lobbyists play in United Nations climate change negotiations.

The dispute opens an additional battle in the struggle over how to fashion a global response to climate change, one that corporate interests appear to be winning, for now.

Though companies are not permitted to participate directly in the climate talks, representatives from almost 300 industry groups are free to roam the negotiations in Bonn, Germany, as “stakeholders,” and to lobby negotiators on behalf of corporations that may seek to slow action, the developing nations and their allies say.  

Negotiators from Uganda, Ecuador, the Philippines, and other countries have proposed guidelines on lobbying and conflicts of interest that could help curb the corporate presence at the talks.  They cite rules that reduced the role of cigarette companies in the global treaty on tobacco as a precedent.

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