What’s new… Russian blocking at SBI

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Read Anna Korppoo’s post on Russia’s procedural objections at the latest climate negotiations.   Russia is a key player in the fight against climate change.  It is the world’s fourth largest emitter, and has massive potential to cut emissions.  And yet it remains woefully neglected by both political circles and the academic literature.   At the latest climate negotiations in June, Russian procedural objections (with Ukraine and Belarus), meant that the SBI was unable to start its work, an unprecedented development even in the context of the regular agenda fights of the climate regime.

These procedural objections were triggered by Russia’s unhappiness with the messy adoption, in Doha last year, of the Kyoto Protocol amendment on the second commitment period. But this is certainly not the first time Russia has objected to the work of the climate change regime (remember the drama at COP 6 (part II) in Bonn, in 2001?), suggesting a more deep-seated lack of engagement in the regime. Russia’s objections also – quite rightly – raise fundamental questions about the notion of consensus in decision-making, which have long been swept under the carpet but are increasingly coming to the fore (Copenhagen, Cancun…).

Anna Korppoo discusses some of the implications of Russia’s stance in our latest post.  Anna is a member of Climate Strategies and on the Climate Policy Editorial Board.  She is an expert on Russian climate policy and has closely followed Russia’s participation in the climate negotiations for many years.  Read what she has to say.