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Saturday 10 December 2016

Never fear, chocolate is here

Published 08/12/2015 | 02:30

Fairtrade bars are being handed to delegates with the name ‘Change Chocolate’ promising to give 'all the energy you need to fight for our future during the climate negotiations'. (Stock photo)
Fairtrade bars are being handed to delegates with the name ‘Change Chocolate’ promising to give 'all the energy you need to fight for our future during the climate negotiations'. (Stock photo)

Fairtrade (of course) bars are being handed to delegates with the name 'Change Chocolate' promising to give "all the energy you need to fight for our future during the climate negotiations".

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But lest anyone think it's just a sweet gesture, each bar has a serious message: "During all your negotiations, please think about us children and what is best for our future. We children are first, the economy is second."

NGOs frustrated

NGOs are increasingly frustrated about not being able to take part in negotiations.

Step forward Malaysia, hailed in the pamphlet 'Eco' for defending the rights of civil society against corporate interests and for calling for more transparency in the talks.

Hmmm. Amnesty International and others have highlighted that freedom of expression is increasingly under attack in the country, with opposition and human rights figures arrested, and often executed in secret.

Negotiating global deal

Agreeing a global treaty is a difficult business, but the brinkmanship is beginning to frustrate Mohamed Adow from Christian Aid.

"The negotiators have driven their ministers to the dance, but they have to stop flirting with each other and seal the deal," he noted.

Irish Independent

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