This week the United Nations released its draft document for the UNFCCC Framework Convention on Climate Change.
A quick glance shows that the only wording fully agreed on is the date at the top of the cover page and the Introduction.
One hundred and eighty-one pages of at times incomprehensible double-speak, as the working group battles to finalise this document in time for December's Copenhagen Summit.
Over at The Guardian they have been trying to cobble together some sense out of all that alphabetical confusion and we're all invited to join in.
This is one of those clauses:
30. [[A subset of] [NAMAs by developing country Parties [shall be][are actions] [Depending on the nature of NAMAs by developing country Parties, they may be] supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity-building in accordance with Articles 4.3 and 4.7 of the Convention and undertaken in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner.] [Supported and enabled NAMAs [and][as well as] the support for NAMAs [have been already progressed based on unilateral efforts as well as being] [shall] be undertaken in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner. [The extent of mitigation actions undertaken by developing countries will depend on [negative cost measures and] the effective provision of financial, [and] technological and capacity-building support by developed country Parties.]]
Don't that just ring your bell!
Unfortunately, what is clear is that the world is way behind schedule in responding to climate change and that as you and I enter old age some of the worst effects will probably be coming down on our grey heads.
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