Connect to share and comment

ALBA member states behave as bloc at Copenhagen

There's an interesting postscript to the article we did this week about the rise of ALBA, a Latin American socialist alliance started by Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. The news from the Copenhagen climate talks shows that ALBA member states — especially Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua — behaved almost as a single bloc, leveling vehement criticism at the U.S.-backed agreement that eventually emerged. Some in Copenhagen might not have been familiar with ALBA, but these countries' concerted opposition seemed to reflect their decision to stake out a common position in Havana prior to Copenhagen.

In the end, despite the ALBA nations' relative small sizes, their criticisms — of global capitalism, of the non-binding nature of the final agreement and the proceedings in general — seemed to come through the loudest. But as this NYT account of the proceedings shows, several other developing nations clearly didn't share ALBA's outrage, and wanted to reach some degree of consensus, however flawed.