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Copenhagen Diary 9 | Between the Debate and Speeches by Chuck Baclagon
December 18, 2009, 12:45 am
Filed under: 1, Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

There has been snowing since Wednesday night. All Copenhagen landscape turned white. I was on the bus no 250S to Gladsaxe Stadium outside Copenhagen’ city center with Khun Amarit(Mum) – news reporter from Thailand’s Public Broadcasting Service (TPBS) who came over here last Saturday to document and report back home.

As Kilma Forum and Øksnehallen – the new place of civil society and NGOs gathering- were packed with people on Thursday night and because of super cold weather, I decided to head back with Khun Amarit.

It was in the evening period in which most of the Head of State have arrived and the Gala Dinner hosted by the Queen at Christainsborg Slot was about to begin.

Watching COP15 news report from one of the Danish TV channel at kitchen area of Gladsaxe Statdium’s dormitory, I was very excited to see breaking news of Greenpeace convoy with fake Head of State made it to the red carpet at the gala diner of the queen!!!! And banners with ‘politicians talk, leaders act’.

It has been repeating so many times on that TV channel. It was rocked.

I also watched live TV broadcast that the Queen of Denmark delivered and ended her keynote address at the Gala Dinner “…it is our hope, the driver in the tomorrow as you leave Copenhagen, you have achieved positive and convincing results as an outcome of COP15 conference. I wish you all the best of luck.”

Aside from red carpet Head of State action, there was live debate on that TV channel where the moderator was asking question to Debaters – Kavin Rudd Australian Prime Minister, Ms. Buyelwa Sonjica South African Environment Minister, Mohamed Nasheed President of Maldives, Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa President of Mexico and representative of EU – as well as invited audiences to take the floor. One of audiences was Kumi Naidoo – Greenpeace International Executive Director who addressed on global action for Fair Ambitious and Binding deal.

Another audiences who took the floor was Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aiping, Chief Negotiator of G77 who referred to Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s letter that was written to all leaders saying – better no deal than bad deal-. “the fundamental of this deal are extremely flawed” he ended.

Then Mohamed Nasheed quickly responded “We are in G77 and we want an agreement from Copenhagen and we do not agree with that viewpoint at all. We have to have agreement. There are so many bloc and they are obsolete and outdated dated back to the cold war. We have different set of problem. This negotiation is not taking care of the outcome”

The moderator also put question “It is fair to say there will not be a full complete international binding treaty in Copenhagen, so what next” and asked Kavin Rudd to respond.

It was very ugly.

“…It’s just one part” said Kevin Rudd when referred to pledges from US and some other developed nations to assist poor nations in coping and adapting to climate change. “Wherever how far we go, there will be a lot to do in the next round of negotiation. I believe that under Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa’s chairmanship we can conclude the deal”

Moderator asked the President of Mexico “Do you think on year from now, you will be hosting the meeting like this in Mexico”

Calderón said “I hope it’s different”

Moderator continued asking “ Should the world leaders stay here in Copenhagen try to reach agreement or should they pull off to Mexico a year from now?”

“We need to do anything in a couple of day in order to reach an agreement, anyway what we want to do is to start a new negotiating process after Copenhagen in order to reach a binding treaty. We are going to ask anybody, American, Chinese to put on table to reach an agreement. This is the only world we do have and we do not have much time left” Concluded Calderón.

Mederator then asked Ms. Buyelwa Sonjica – South African Environment Minister “From African point of view, should we hammering it now or regrouping in Mexico”

“Legally binding is possible here in Copenhagen, it’s just need leadership to resolve that kind of outcome” Stressed Buyelwa.

Same question gone to EU representative and he said “We need an agreement now. We need to put in legislation probably in 6 months. We already have progressive legally binding treaty in EU. If we don’t get an agreement now, we cannot agree on financing. We need to start action now. We don’t have much time”

The last respond was taken by Mohamed Nasheed “World leaders are capable in coming up with an agreement in Copenhagen. It can still happen tomorrow. We cannot hope for the deal to Mexico. It will be going on and on”

To me, it was an awesome TV debate. As one of Greenpeace activist here in Copenhagen, we are right on the top line message that being circulate on the climate-energy list;

“Industrialised countries have brought climate talks to the brink of collapse by refusing to accept deeper greenhouse gas emissions cuts or provide adequate funding for developing country action and adaptation.

Anger over this failure to take the lead has led to developing countries suspending work on several occasions and created divisions between the vulnerable countries who are fighting for their survival and the emerging economies who want to hold industrialized countries to account but are afraid they themselves will be unfairly forced to take legally binding targets. .

World leaders arriving in Copenhagen, especially Obama, Merkel, Sarkozy and Brown must take control of this shambolic situation. They must lead and deliver us a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal to avert climate chaos.”

Tara Buakamsri

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