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Barcelona Climate Negotiations Civil Society Statement

November 6, 2009

At stake in the climate negotiations is the biggest distribution of wealth and resources between rich and poor countries in modern history. The rich are seeking to write-off rather than repay their debt for consuming the Earth’s atmospheric space.

To achieve this goal, they are seeking to kill the Kyoto Protocol and to shift the burden of mitigating and adapting to climate change to developing countries, while continuing their excessive levels of consumption and pollution.

The Kyoto Protocol does not end in 2012. Developed countries have a legal obligation to take mitigation commitments as part of a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

We, global civil society organizations from developed and developing countries, condemn all efforts by developed countries to end the Kyoto Protocol, as it risks leading to a race to the bottom.

We further condemn the apparent complicity of the European Union, the Danish COP Presidency and the UNFCCC Secretariat in spreading misinformation about the Kyoto Protocol and the negotiations, and seeking to collapse the two separate negotiating tracks into one “political agreement” in Copenhagen.

  • We express our concern at the Danish Prime Minister’s statement that “Our end goal is an internationally legally binding treaty for when the Kyoto treaty comes to an end in 2012."[1] The Danish Prime Minister’s misstatements about the Kyoto Protocol reflect a clear bias against the demands of developing countries for the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol and are unacceptable.
  • We express our concern at the European Union’s call for a “single legally binding instrument…that builds on the Kyoto Protocol and incorporates all its essentials, as an outcome from Copenhagen in December 2009.”[2] The European Union is, in effect, calling for the end of the Kyoto Protocol, shirking their legally binding obligations to agree to a second commitment period after 2012.
  • We express our concern that the UNFCCC Secretariat has published documents falsely stating that “the existing legally binding agreement which governs carbon emissions - the Kyoto Protocol - expires in 2012.”[3] By spreading misinformation about the Kyoto Protocol, the Secretariat is derogating from its responsibility of “creating and maintaining necessary conditions for an early, effective and efficient implementation of the Kyoto Protocol,”[4] including its second commitment period, reflecting a clear bias against the position of developing countries.


We stand in solidarity with the African delegates who at this meeting sought to focus the negotiations on the core of Kyoto Protocol negotiations -- developed countries’ emission reduction commitments beyond 2012 -- and we call on Annex I parties to honor their existing obligations by implementing, rather than ending, the Kyoto Protocol.


Amigu di Tera, Curaçao
Asia Indigenous Women’s Network, Philippines
CEE Bankwatch Network, Europe
Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale (CRBM), Italy
Center for Organisation Research Education, India
CEPLAES, Ecuador
Christian Aid, United Kingdom
Citizens For Justice (CFJ), Malawi
Consumers’ Association of Penang, Malaysia
Cook Islands Climate Action Network, Cook Islands
Dignite Pygmee (DIPY), Democratic Republic of Congo
Dynamique des Groups des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA), Democratic Republic of Congo
ENDA Third World (ENDA Tiers Monde), Senegal
Federation of Community Forest Users Nepal (FECOFUN), Nepal
FERN, United Kingdom
Friends of the Earth, Cyprus
Friends of the Earth England, Wales, Northern Ireland
Friend of the Earth, Malaysia
Friends of the Earth, Scotland
Friends of the Earth US, United States
Ghana National Youth Coalition on Climate Change (GNYCCC), Ghana
Green Delaware, United States
Greenbelt Movement, Kenya
Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), India
Indigenous Environmental Network, United States
Indonesian Civil Society forum on Climate Justice, Indonesia
Indonesia Fisherfolk Union, Indonesia
Instituto Socioambiental, Brazil
International Forum on Globalization, United States
Island Sustainability Alliance C.I. Inc. (ISACI), Cook Islands
Justica Ambiental (JA!), Mozambique
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Canada
Kenya Federation of Agricultural Producers, Kenya
KKI WARSI, Indonesia
National Forum for Advocacy Nepal (NAFAN), Nepal
NOAH, Denmark
Nile Basin Discourse Forum, Rwanda
Papua NGOs Forum, Papua
Perkumpulan HuMa, Indonesia
Practical Solution, Nepal
Presencia Ciudadana Mexicana, Mexico
Rainforest Foundation, United Kingdom
SOLJUSPAX, Philippines
Sustainable Energy & Economy Network, United States
Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Liberia
Tebtebba Foundation, Philippines
Tibet Justice Center, United States
Third World Network, Malaysia
WALHI, Indonesia
World Development Movement, United Kingdom
Yonge Nawe Environmental Action Group, Swaziland


[1]Danish PM upbeat on new global climate deal, 2 November 2009, Reuters at
[2] Council Conclusions on EU position for the Copenhagen Climate Conference (7-18 December 2009), 21 October 2009, Council of the European Union at
[3] Fact Sheet: 10 Frequently asked questions about the Copenhagen deal, September 2009, UNFCCC at
[4]Secretariat role: