“If they want to demand part of the $10 billion, they'll be doing that at the expense of the poorest countries. That's not a position that anyone who wants to call themselves a champion of the poor wants to be in,” he said.
Anyway, there’s only so much money to go around. “That’s just life in the real world,” Stern notes, according to Greenwire’s detailed account of his briefing Wednesday.
Overall, the question of whether wealthy nations are planning a raw deal for the developing world has been a hot topic in the early days of the summit, which concludes December 18.
Over at Mother Jones, Kate Sheppard has posted an interview about this with Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the Sudanese negotiator who chairs the G77 group of developing nations.