Is the UN Helpless against Climate Change?
The United Nations is doing it wrong, says this article on The Guardian on the UN's strategy in combating global warming. Getting together all member countries to talk about climate change actions only results in a stalemate.
"By working in large groups, UN talks are often held hostage to the whims of even small players – as happened in Copenhagen and Cancún when Sudan and Bolivia and a few other nations whose emissions of warming pollution are tiny," the article says.
It suggests that the UN should instead focus on engaging with just the largest countries with the highest carbon emissions. Some of the big polluters such as the EU are more willing to devote resources to the problem and are more able to commit to strict, binding agreements.
Will this work? In the continuing multilateral discussions on climate change, who then should be included in the conversation?