UN Climate Convention Travel Fund For Poor Countries Running Dry

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Climate Change News – rich countries have failed this year to top up the fund which allows delegates from poor countries to pitch up to conferences and demand more climate cash, so the UN has appealed for poor countries to fund their own travel.

Budget performance for the biennium 2016–2017 as at 30 June 2016

14. Expenditure incurred during the first six months of the biennium 2016–2017 amounted to USD 1.6 million, which covered the cost of participation in UNFCCC sessional meetings, including the participation of 222 representatives of eligible Parties in the sessions of the subsidiary bodies in May 2016, leaving a balance of income over expenditure of USD 1.37 million, excluding the operating reserve of USD 0.52 million. This balance, together with any further voluntary contributions to this trust fund, will be used to cover the participation of representatives of eligible Parties in COP 22 and CMP 12. Voluntary contributions received in the biennium 2014–2015 amounted to USD 0.38 million as at 30 June 2014 compared to USD 0.08 million in the same period in 2016–2017. Additional contributions will be required to fund participation of representatives from eligible Parties in 2016. Parties eligible for funding that are in a position to do so have the opportunity to voluntarily refrain from seeking financial support from the Trust Fund for Participation in the UNFCCC Process. This would allow available funds to be allocated to Parties in most need of support.

Read more: http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/sbi/eng/13.pdf

Rest assured, there is still plenty of cash in the kitty for other important UN climate related activities, such as Strengthening gender mainstreaming in climate change action and the UNFCCC process (Annex II, table 16).

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31 thoughts on “UN Climate Convention Travel Fund For Poor Countries Running Dry

  1. Better

    ‘delegates from poor countries to pitch up to conferences and demand more climate cash,’

    stay local, helping developing in the neighborhood.

    That’s what they’re elected for.

  2. Not enough money to travel to “climate” conferences (which, if they’re so all-fired worried about “globull worming,” NONE of them should do)?

    Am I the only person who’s heard of video conferencing? We use it at the firm where I work, connecting with other offices thousands of miles away, and it’s great – and MUCH cheaper than airfare, hotels & meals, and taking time out of our workdays to fly across the country.

    So of course it’s never crossed the Useless Nitwits’ feeble little fur minds.

    • Video conferencing? Aren’t video conference sessions recorded, making it problematic to do side deals and get manipulation and deceit done more effectively?

      • And they rattle around the universe for ever, making it hard to change history when you want to.

        For example, with all of the 09/11/2001 replay over the weekend, some 200 persons got simply disappeared, and they vanished into thin air, while falling from the twin towers, having themselves made the last choice of their lives.

        We are NEVER going to forget those unknown persons.

        G

      • My little company rented our conference room out for video conferencing. Yesterday was 9/11 and immediately after the original September 11 it was busy from business meetings to depositions. People couldn’t fly. Yes we gave users a recorded tape. Can’t catch a Zika virus on a VOIP connection.

      • yeah that was what I thought also
        they do NOT want what deals n bullsh*t done to be able to be seen OR heard by the non “select” hoi polloi
        ie US! that pays their damn way, wether we want to or not.

    • Barbara, agreed. As I see it, the reason they have to travel is that they wouldn’t be able to meet behind closed doors otherwise. It’s not all partying and fun, fun, fun. No, there are secret deals, payoffs and threats. Yes, my views, sure, but if anyone thinks otherwise then do please explain why these delegates aren’t leading the way with the technology available to all – such as using Skype – and minimizing their carbon footprint. They should be taking the highroad and refusing to get on a plane, no?

      If it’s not deals, payoffs and/or threats behind closed doors, it has to be the exotic locations and the partying. Or it’s a mix. There is no valid excuse for the excessive CO2-intensive travel. Not once, never mind year in year out. Somewhere, arms are being twisted and pockets are being filled and it’s not on record.

    • There are only two reasons I can think of why they don’t use video conferencing. One, it would make the events seem less important, which would reduce publicity. And two, the attendees would miss out on all the parties and social events that draw them there in the first place. Organizers are not going to risk having interest in these climate conferences fizzle.

    • Barb,the firm where you work is part of the private sector which is concerned with costs and profits. That is something that Government workers, bureaucrats, politicians never worry about. First, it is other peoples money they’re spending and second, when they run out they just add it on the 19 Trillion dollar bill they have rung up for the next 4 generations of private sector citizens and firms to pay. This has never been about the planet warming.

  3. Expenditure incurred during the first six months of the biennium 2016–2017 amounted to USD 1.6 million,

    HA, …… Obama spends way more than that whenever he chooses a golf course that is very far away from DC.

    • What happened to the $US500M we recently sent to the Climate Fund? Can’t they use a bit of that money for such a worthy climate cause?

  4. Nigeria’s leader just recently declared it needs $142M to keep its’ pledge made at the Paris conference and wants to know how and when he’ll receive it. Like most UN generated funding there is no mention of tracking or specific use. All the receiving countries must think they’ve won the world lottery.

  5. Don’t forget to give half a billion to cold North Korea that has a very tiny carbon foot print but a very big Big Brother boot stomping on faces.

  6. OT –
    The New York Times is looking for a climate change editor

    To Apply

    Applicants should submit a resume, examples of previous work, and a memo outlining their vision for coverage to Dean Baquet and Sam Dolnick by Sept. 19. This vision is the most important part of the application. It should be specific and set clear priorities. Some important questions to wrestle with:

    What audiences should we be focusing on? = Alarmist and Hollywood elite.
    How will our coverage fit into their lives, and how will they experience it? = Floods,famine and hellish Climate conferences.
    How will we distinguish our coverage from other journalism in this space? = Full on panic alarmist mode 24/7.
    What will be the main vehicles for the coverage? Features? News? Videos? Bicycle for two.
    Should there be a signature voice attached to our climate coverage? Who? =Leonardo Dicaprio.
    How will you make a difficult subject interesting and accessible? = Show Hollywood elite suffering through the extremes of weather.
    What stories are we willing not to do? = Skeptics giving facts and verifiable data.
    What should the team look like to get it done? = Obama.

    This non-Guild position is open to internal and external candidates. Applications should be sent to nytrecruit@nytimes.com.

  7. Why don’t the UN and the Clinton “foundation” just merge – there’ll be enough money for everything?

  8. Seems not to have occurred to the UN functionary who wrote this, that every day the UN has the opportunity to voluntarily refrain from seeking financial support, leaving such funds to be allocated where they might not disappear without a trace.

  9. The only reason for the large turnout in Paris was this fund… Paying to bring thousands of people from poorer lesser developed countries who had never travelled from their home country. Of course they liked to travel… In addition, they were there to receive promises of donations from developed countries as Penance or Penalty for burning coal and oil. Interviews with them bore this out. So now, these countries are told its on them this time, or the developed countries should provide paid vacations to thousands again or they won’t come? The impression given last time was that these people were there because they were dedicated Global Warming believers… Couldn’t be further than the truth… They are simply hired demonstrators, as Global Warming turns obviously into Global Cooling this winter with no El Niño to cover it up.

    • Well put. First question when two third world reps meet in one of these farcical confabs: “Where shall we schedule the next meeting?”

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