Unfortunately, observing SAARC’s history it is likely that climate change agenda will remain a paper tiger.
Since its inception, SAARC as an organization has little authority to make anything significant happen. Its charter strictly limits member nation’s ability to push an agenda-if there any opposition. This hands-off policy has stunted SAARC’s growth and influence.
For instance, during India-Pakistan war following dispute over Kashmir border areas (the Kargil war of 1999), SAARC was no where to be seen. Other regional organizations-ASEAN, European Union expressed their respective position and pushed to a diplomatic solution, but SAARC was paralyzed by indecision.
SAARC also failed miserably to push for peace and human rights in Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal. The organization’s policy to not interfere in member nation’s “internal matters” has meant that state sponsored ethic cleansing in Bhutan was tolerated, violence against Sri Lanka’s Tamil’s was accepted and violence in Nepal was ignored.