Starting Monday the town will be overrun with over eight thousand government and state officials, NGOs, civil society organizations and climate experts, all from over 180 countries.
Expectations range from very hopeful to very pessimistic. Peter Gorrie, in a column in the Saturday Star commented that "soon, though, they'll settle comfortably into what they do best – long, inconclusive debates and secretive strategy sessions that lead to a dramatic last-minute agreement to hold more talks."
The prospect of a non-progressive policy-filled two weeks didn't dampen the spirits of over 200 youth that gathered Saturday and Sunday for the 4th Annual Conference of Youth. With youth representatives from Sweden, India, Japan and Canada to name a few, they excitedly fine-tuned their strategies to have a prominent voice at the conference.
In the backdrop of one of Eastern Europe's oldest city, will a breakthrough finally occur for a plan that will stave off climate change? Will the political tensions back home create some cracks in the official Canadian delegation? All that is left to do right now, is to just wait and see.