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CLIMATE CHANGE: GROUPS FAULT COPENHAGEN RESOLUTION

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The Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre in collaboration with the Peoples Movement on Climate Change has expressed dissatisfaction with the resolutions of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

The groups also claimed that the conference was unable to offer solutions to climate crisis.

Speaking at a post COP press briefing in Lagos on Thursday, the Executive Director and Coordinator of the civil society organisation, Mr. Ayodele Akele, said the conference, which was designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, did not address reduction in emissions especially from developed nations.

He said, 'The UN conference was unable to offer solutions to the climate crisis, or even make minimal progress towards them.

'Instead, the talks were a complete betrayal of impoverished nations and island states, producing embarrassment for the UN and the Danish government.

'In the conference designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions, there was very little talk of emission reductions.

'Rich, developed countries continued to delay any talk of deep and binding cuts. Instead, they were shifting the burden to less developed countries and showing no willingness to make reparations for the damage they have caused.'

Akele, who was in company of other human rights activists including the Chairman of Campaign Against Corrupt Leaders, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said civil society groups would champion the course for mobilising support for climate justice.