New Delhi, India. NGOs, activists and citizens are very concerned about the development of the CDM over the past years and condemn its current design. On 16 November 2009, more than 80 representatives of NGOs, activists and citizens of Armenia, Bangladesh, India and Uganda gathered at a workshop in New Delhi to discuss the CDM’s failure to meet both of its over-arching objectives to support climate change mitigation andsustainable development.
Participants concluded that any post-2012 mechanism must strengthen the principles of sustainable development and environmental integrity. Lessons learnt from the current CDM must be recognized by improving the participation of citizens in the process, amending flawed methodologies, creating more transparency in the CDM decision making process and establishing a competent institutional set-up. The Clean Development Mechanism in its current form is unacceptable.