A diplomatic samba continues
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was among the five world leaders along with Obama who negotiated the final version of the Copenhagen Accord. That political agreement recorded the emission pledges of all major emitting countries as well as the complementary promise of mobilizing $100 billion annually by 2020. What role that document should play in the future has been a separate point of contention in the talks.
Figueiredo sidestepped a question about whether he wants to see the Copenhagen Accord form the basis of a new treaty, saying yesterday he hopes "this same spirit of understanding and even the elements of high-level understanding and consensus could be translated into concrete actions."
"Yes," he said, "we hope that this political understanding is not lost and that we can use elements of what was agreed to by those heads of state in government in Copenhagen, that we can use that in drafting the decisions that we are going to take in Cancun."
Jake Schmidt, international policy director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the key from Cancun will be agreements on issues like transparency, deforestation, technology transfer and financing that lead to some concrete implementation steps.
That, he said, would be "a clear signal that we are going to have a system that looks at robustly what countries are doing over time, and that we're going to have international scrutiny over that."