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, http://bit.ly/bWosfm)

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?