Economics: New technology and social media at climate conference (UNFCCC Part3)

COP17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Durban conference (photo:dpa)
COP17 president Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Durban conference (photo:dpa)

Durban diary- snippets from the United Nations climate change conference in Durban, South Africa. Social media is breaking down the barriers at the United Nations with the first Twitter question and South Africa asking for new technology including the iPad3.

TECHNOLOGY transfer - offering technology from the developed countries to the developing ones - is a daily topic at the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa.

We just don't want to be given any old, useless technology. We want iPad3

It is aimed at mitigating and adapting technology to make it more climate friendly. But this is not any technology, only the latest and, in some cases, still on the developed world’s drawing boards.

‘ We just don't want to be given any old, useless technology. We want iPad3,’ said South Africa’s minister for science and technology, Naledi Pandor.

As technology is never free, talk returns to how much money the developed world can give. The minister hoped that the green climate fund commitment would be made soon.

Solid figures

Under the green climate fund, the developing world expects to provide US$100 billion every year by 2020 to developed countries. Some US$10 billion comes in the next three years before being ramped up to the end of the decade. Implementation can start at the next Climate Conference in Qatar

the European Union is reluctant to commit anything in a recessionary environment

But the European Union is reluctant to commit anything in a recessionary environment. Arthur Runge-Metzger, the EU representative, said there were too many diverse reports about what the developing world is doing to mitigate climate change.

He said solid figures from a comprehensive study were needed before the EU can provide large funds or commit to changes.

Canada too is not playing ball and has already said it will not be part of the next Kyoto Protocol in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It has committed only US$400 million towards climate change, far less than developing countries want.

Twitter question

Canada was given a Fossil of the Year award by Climate Action Network, a non-governmental organisation which is actively demanding money and action from the West.

Twitter the social media network has arrived at the United Nations which is not known for keeping pace with modern fashion.

The UN’s current social media initiative is slow, but now it is making an effort to reach out to the young in the world.

Twitter the social media network has arrived at the United Nations which is not known for keeping pace with modern fashion

Live streaming

There is live streaming from the conference, and as a UN-event first, a question was asked via Twitter at the press conference held by COP17 president, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the conference organisers.

An official with a laptop was waiting for questions raised by people watching the live streaming. Only one question was asked and that was about why Canada has not committed to Kyoto Protocol 2.

Additional research by Hardev Sanotra.

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