Climate Talks: Friends Of The Earth Was Suspended
UN Climate Talks: Why Friends Of The Earth Was Suspended
THE reason why members of the Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), a global federation of environmental rights groups which represent millions of citizens was suspended from the on-going climate talks in Denmark, has started to filter into the open.
Chair of the global federation, Nnimmo Bassey, a Nigerian, who is also the Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action (ERA), says it might not be unconnected with their critical voice. ''W3e have been very critical in our agitation for justice, as a key element for resolving the global climate crisis'', Bassey said in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday.
Members of Friends of the Earth from around the world who arrived at the Bella Center on Wednesday morning to take part as official observers in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations taking place there were told that their badges were no longer valid.
Friends of the Earth representatives from countries ranging from Nigeria to Japan to Denmark have been taking part in the negotiations over the past two weeks, but when they arrived today all were denied access, despite the fact that they were holding official UN badges as well as secondary admission passes.
Friends of the Earth International Chair
Nnimmo Bassey had the following
surprised and shocked that Friends of the Earth member
groups from around the world and other non-governmental
organizations have been denied access to the negotiations
this morning. Our organizations represent millions of people
around the world and provide a critical voice on behalf of
climate justice inside the UN. We are
attempting to discuss the situation with the UNFCCC to understand and resolve the situation.²
09: 30 am on Wednesday, Friends of the Earth representatives
were in the main
entry lobby near the conference registration desks and available for interviews.