Brazil and France call late night meeting

by: EJ on 12/17/2009
Posted in: Climate Change

This morning in Copenhagen was met with a mix of optimism and pessimism. The combined proposals to cut carbon still add up to a 3.9 degree temperature change, something it appears the negoitiators already knew, but hope is building that heads of state (our Honourable Prime Minister Harper excluded) will still be able to forge a Fair, Ambitious and Binding Deal.

In this interview with the New York Times Dot Earth, economist Nicholas Stern from the London School of Economics, gives a very good overview of the four main issues - reduction in tons of carbon produced world wide; financial support, which he feels has nearly reached an agreement; verification and transparency; and recognizing common but differential treatments, something he also feels will be able to be addressed due to the work developing nations have put into the proposals they have prepared for the conference.

When asked what road blocks were ahead he said, "Process, procedure and lack of trust which has arisen due to improper procedure - but our heads of state are able to rise above all of that."

And who are the heads of state who have seized this opportunity?
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Luis Inacio "Lula" da Silva of Brazil. Recharge website reports they have invited leaders from "the most important" of the world's regions to a 10.30pm meeting to discuss the joint text that the two countries have prepared.

Sarkozy said that the two Presidents had been engaged in an intense round of meetings and telephone calls, and had already gained support for the initiative from the UK and Germany as well as many African and Asian countries. The initiative, if successful, will take over effective leadership of the talks from the summit's widely criticised official hosts, Denmark. You can see the complete post here.

Does Canada fall into the category of "most important"? What do you think? Are they invited to the late night talks?


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