The Guardian

North Korea: an unlikely champion in the fight against climate change
The Guardian

When we think of North Korea, we think of a nation determined to be an outsider in the international community. But there is compelling evidence that the North Korean government is motivated by domestic power games to co-operate globally on climate change.

North Korea has a record of compliance with its obligations as a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The obvious question then is why the North Korean government would show such commitment to the international climate change regime, given its belligerent reputation in the strategic realm.

North Korea is using the UNFCCC as a vehicle for obtaining foreign assistance to upgrade its energy production and transmission infrastructure. Most significantly, renewables offer North Korea considerable scope for technology transfer, infrastructure upgrades and income through the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol. Technology transfers for such projects do not violate the import restrictions of dual-use technologies listed under the UN Security Council sanctions regime against the DPRK. The income potential derives from the carbon credits generated by North Korea’s renewable projects, which can be traded on international carbon markets.

Les maîtres de la propagande… Quand c’est le temps d’utiliser le prétexte du changement climatique pour mettre la main sur quelques dollars, qui se ressemble s’assemble !