Russia blocks the climate talks using procedural issues

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The whole first week of the UN Climate Talks taking place here in Bonn, Germany, have been undermined by blocking tactics from Russia.

The actions of Russia have also highlighted the structural weaknesses of the UN climate negotiations, which often grind to halt due to the actions of just one country (or in this case, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus). This is because a ‘consensus’ is needed to make agreements.

Meetings under the ‘SBI’, which stands for the ‘Subsidiary Body of Implementation’, have been unable to take place all week, leaving negotiators and NGOs extremely frustrated.

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