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This message came today from a colleague in Copenhagen who is working with Mediators Beyond Borders. I found her message rather compelling, so will share a portion of it here –
…There are certain words and phrases that the delegations use, some use a phrase in one way, another delegation will alter it slightly to meet their needs…The way the words are connected, depends on the position of the parties. I think the answer to collaboration and solution-building lies in those connections. The line between FINANCE and MITIGATION; RESPONSIBILITY and SUSTAINABILITY; ADAPTATION and BALANCE…
She goes on to talk about the logo for the COP15 conference, at once a knarled, twisted ball of string, and an elegant, highly functioning complex system. It’s a wonderful image which I think adequately represents the complexity of it all.
The Value Web is very much looking forward to being in Copenhagen. There are a number of threads that are waiting to be woven together – we are very much looking forward to meeting all the people we have connected with in our research for our event with the WBCSD. We’ll keep you posted!
Here are some words from other journalists…keep up with what’s happening!
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“A deal is within our reach.”
So says the Danish Prime Minister on Monday – the first day of the UN climate change conference.
Article by Marianne Bom. Read original article here.
The UN climate change conference opened Monday in an atmosphere of hope for a deal in Copenhagen within the next two weeks.
“A deal is within our reach,” the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said in his opening speech, stressing that the talks will have to overcome deep distrust between rich and poor nations on how to share the burden of curbing emissions.
The presence of more than a hundred world leaders meant “an opportunity the world cannot afford to miss,” Lars Løkke Rasmussen said.
At a press briefing, the President of the UN climate change conference, Connie Hedegaard, said that “the deadline is working,” referring to the fact that both developed and developing countries had been presenting emission reduction targets ahead of the conference.
Asked if there is enough time to reach a deal in Copenhagen, Connie Hedegaard said that you never feel you have sufficient time for a task that has to be done, but “within the time we have, we must solve the task”.
Besides commitments to cut emissions, a major aspect of the negotiations is financing of mitigation and adaptation to climate change in developing countries. At the press briefing UN’s top climate negotiator Yvo de Boer said that the talks are about the amount of money needed from the developed countries. Yet another important issue is “how do we allocate the still limited resources,” according to him.
On the 17th and 18th of December, 110 heads of states and governments will come to Copenhagen in an attempt to seal a political global climate deal. If a deal is agreed, the UN will aim at transforming it into a legally binding text to replace the Kyoto Protocol as its regulations of emissions expires in 2012.
Found this map today – a rough, interactive map highlighting the impact of a global rise in temperature by 4 degrees.