Count down to Cancun: Climate change and the views from the Pacific


According to the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, current climate change negotiations (the Bonn talks) are "working at a slowed down pace ... [with the] perception of down-playing expectations for the next climate conference in Cancun." (Island Business,

After the failed outcome at CoP15 in Copenhagen, what lies ahead for Pacific Island countries? Pacific leaders are largely steadfast with the need for a "continued strong Pacific voice" in international climate change negotiations. The UNFCCC's CoP16 takes place in Cancun, Mexico, in December this year. Will this produce any thing close to a 'climate agreement'?  Will definitive outcomes and binding targets on carbon emission reductions ever be realised? With dulled down rhetoric, how can civil society and other concerned parties act in response?