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Youth delegates declare 'No Confidence' in climate negotiations
"Our future is being held hostage to interests that have consistently thumbed their noses at the international community and their obligations to the rest of the world" (Grist, October 7, 2009) Today marked one of the final days of the Bangkok U.N. Climate Negotiations. With the end of this intersessional in sight, the International Youth Delegation (IYD) has officially declared "No Confidence" in the road to Copenhagen. With youth delegates from over 30 countries engaging in the Bangkok process, the IYD cited pathetically weak targets from the North, alarm that a second commitment period in the Kyoto Protocol will not be secured, and a lack of guarantees for protection of indigenous peoples' rights and interests in its declaration. The current text of the draft climate deal is so weak and so full of "false solutions" (measures like offsetting that actually make the problem worse) it is unacceptable. Youth delegates representing each continent addressed the U.N. today, detailing the