On the first day of talks at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Kevin Conrad, Papua New Guinea’s Special Envoy and Ambassador for Environment and Climate Change, surprised many by calling for a ‘nuclear option’. The option would allow a document to be ratified by 75 percent of the conference’s nations, rather than the usual consensus required. It is thought the nuclear option would give more power to developing countries, since they far outnumber wealthy nations at the conference.
According to a press release by the Tropical Forest Group “[the nuclear option] would fundamentally change the climate change negotiations on many far-reaching levels.” The option will be considered later this week said Conference Chairman Connie Hedegaard.
This is not the first time Conrad has made noise at a climate change conference. In 2007 also as a representative for Papua New Guinea, Conrad famously chastised the United States when they attempted to block a measure, saying, “If for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.” The US eventually backed down and agreed to fall in line with the international community.
Conrad is also the Executive Director for the Coalition for Tropical Forests.
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