When 194 countries come together for a climate change conference and disperse, while most nations say they have something, it should be a triumph of diplomacy. But the weakness of the agreement that the oppressed negotiators brought home to the Conference of the Parties (CoP), concluded on 14 December in Lima, is quite the opposite. UNIDO supports countries in their environmental management efforts, including the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and the provision of sustainable energy. It contributes to the creation of new green industries, establishes national roadmaps for greening the supply chain, identifies benchmarks and indicators, disseminates best practices, implements clean technology programs, conducts various capacity-building exercises and contributes to international forums with the necessary research and expertise. The agreement signed at the Lima climate change conference was supposed to be a triumph of diplomacy, but the reality is exactly the opposite. Although the agreement now represents global unanimity on the need to take action to combat climate change, the text of the agreement falls on almost all indicators. On 11 December, on the eve of the initially planned end of the conference, the negotiations almost failed when developing countries saw amendments to the draft agreement that had been painstakingly negotiated over the past ten days. The revised draft has given an advantage to industrialized countries, in particular by watering down their responsibilities. Getting these billions out of poverty while limiting climate change is a challenge that cannot be met within the framework defined in Lima. The real fight that is brewing is the lack of economic democracy, not only between nations, but also between the world`s North and the world`s South.

Supporters of the Lima agreement say it is a great success, with the two major emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the United States, committing to the need to combat climate change. Even more so since the recent U.S. general election has strengthened Republicans – many of whom still believe that climate change is not due to human action. 11.11.11 – Koepel van de Vlaamse Noord Zuidbeweging, Belgium2.