Liveblog: Copenhagen End Game

4.12am A group of us are following the final plenary inside the Bella Centre in Copenhagen. The atmosphere has erupted in the last hour, and we’re going to give a play-by-play as things develop from here. For detailed updates as it happens, follow some of our writers on Twitter:

Ben Powless –   Zoë Caron –   Juan Hoffmaister –   Matthew Carroll –   Liz McDowell –   Caroline Howe

The story so far…

Chairman Rasmussen did an interesting opening dance, introducing the infamous “President’s Text” that the media so willingly lapped up as a done deal and amazing breakthrough earlier today as the official outcome to the negotiations. He had the nerve to describe the draft text as having been put together by a “representative group of leaders from all regions around the world”, then he told delegates there would be 60 minutes for consultations by regional groups and closed the meeting.

Venezuela starts banging on their desk continuously, as Rasmussen is leaving until the audience in the plenary hall and other government delegates start clapping. Rasmussen comes back on the mic, apologising for having accidentally (hmm) missed a point of order by Venezuela.

One by one, countries respond to both the process, and content of the text:

Tuvalu declares the COP15 process completely undemocratic, conducted in closed door sessions, and slams the target of 2 degrees for failing to be sufficient to ensure their survival. “We are being offered 30 pieces of silver to betray our children. Our future is not for sale.” They make it absolutely clear that they cannot accept this decision, and there is no consensus. (Side note: it’s important they stated this, as it means the chair can’t pretend he thought there was a consensus to force an agreement through.)

Venezuela is outraged, and explained they hit the desk as in an earlier meeting they requested to speak but were not given the chance. UN cannot be replaced by a small group of countries forcing a deal on sovereign nations.

Bolivia: “How can one hour actually allow us the time to consider the implications for the people we represent? Does this represent the democracy of the United Nations … we are seeing decisions taken in a dictatorial way and this is not the way that the world should discuss the future of the planet.

Cuba: makes it clear that no additional consultations are needed, and there is no consensus on the document; also calls out the lack of commitments from developed countries, and the voilation of sovereign equality demonstrated by the process.

Costa Rica: the proposal cannot be considered as the work of COP.

Nicaragua: Proposes suspending the negotiations until July 2010.

5.01am Meeting reopened, everyone gets confused with the chair’s proposed way of moving forward and a Nicaragua counter proposal, then suspended again.

5.28am Proposal is to take the text as an information document (not a COP decision) and keep COP open.

7 Responses to “Liveblog: Copenhagen End Game”


  1. 1 Francis Adams Dec 19th, 2009 at 6:24 am

    They did not cut carbon, or the jargon. Instead, ended up creating carbon-jargon dioxide in Cop Out Hagen. twitter: francisadams14

  2. 2 Eoin Dubsky Dec 19th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Thank you for all your work, for this liveblog, and all the other climate campaigning you’ve done all year to get here!

  3. 3 Mark Dec 19th, 2009 at 7:41 am

    What a disappointment. I wonder what would have come out as a result if we would have put 190 women negotiators and women head of states together in a room for 3 days? I am sure much more than this fiasco!

  4. 4 kore Sep 27th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I was searching about this issue everywhere,I was really curious about this…Really big thanks.May i ask something to publisher? Is there any possible e-mail list which i can join and it may send me your new articles to my e-mail? Farewell, Richard

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Matthew Carroll is an environmentalist, scientist, and change agent, living in Hamilton, Canada. He has a masters degree in atmospheric chemistry from University of Leeds and University of Toronto, and over eight years' experience educating, facilitating, and engaging youth in local, regional, national and international decision making. Matthew firmly believes that climate change is the defining social justice issue of this generation, and that young people have a pivotal leadership role to play in building a just transition to a low-carbon future. More about Matthew...

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