It's 5:20 am. There is certainly no Copenhagen Consensus at the moment. Obama is somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean in Air Force One, and he and other world leaders, are looking like they left before the job was done. After more than hour hiatus, the meeting reconvened, with the Danish PM proposing a compromise to consider the Copenhagen Accord a submission. Nicaragua seemed to nix this. And the Danish PM, President of the Meeting, took off without further notice. Everyone is milling about, and the outcome is up in the air. This is bizarre theatre.
The Danish PM is back and mumbled something about including the Copenhagen Accord as a submission document, identifying which parties put their names to it. India has expressed concern that the Danish PM should ask those countries for permission first.
Nicaragua has withdrawn their request on behalf of them, Cuba, Venzuela and Bolivia to suspend the meeting.
Sudan is up again, repeating their position that this document is a pox on developing countriies and the UN. Sudan is calling this a "suicide pact, an incineration pact." He just said this agreement is based on the same values that piled 6 million people into furnances in Europe."We do ask you to destroy L-9, destroy it, delete it from the UN system completely."
Maldives has starting speaking. Sudan is back. He had not finished to tell the Danish PM in his role as Prime Minister, he has been biased, violated all the rules of transparency and fairness.
Maldives weighs in: I commend the leadership of Danish leadership. We have a real danger of UNFCCC talks going the same way as WTO talks. The science is suggesting that this cannot be allowed. We have a window of space in the next seven years to present the world climate from reaching tipping points." Maldives asks countries to adopt this document to large applause.
Canada finally. To compare this initiative to the Holocaust is profoundly offensive to me and my delegation. This remarks should be withdrawn.
Ethiopia now: on behalf of the African Union, yes, like any other multilateral discussion, the document is a compromise document. As Maldives has said, action postponed is not in the interests of people that will be hurt by climate change.
Brice Lalonde from France is up: Heads of States representing 4 billion people worked to get this document. We are deeply wounded by the accusations and suspicions when all we did was try to break the deadlock.
Sweden for the EU: "It does represent the way forward. The reference to the Holocaust is despicable."
Senegal: We support Ethiopia, however we regret certain points not reflected in this document.
Ed Miliband from the UK wants to speak, but his microphone doesn't work. So he has moved over to use the microphone of the US but it does not work either. It is working now. "We have two roads. There is a road of document that has been produced that has been done in good faith that is by no means perfect. It is a document that in substantive ways will make the lives of people better. It does a limited number of things, but important things. The other choice is what Ambassador Lumumba offers us. It is a choice of disgusting comparisons to the holocaust and of wrecking this conference. What will world think of us if we come out after two years with simply an information document? I urge you Mr President for this document to adopted as a Conference decision." Long applause.
The Danish President says: "Four countries oppose Miliband's proposal, so it cannot be adopted. I urge every country to sign this document."
Cuba is getting indignant, accusing the UN of blackmail.
"This paper will not be adopted," says the Danish PM.
Slovenia proposes solution: This paper could be adopted with a footnote where the countries against it are listed by names.
Gabon says they endorse that these negotations were constructed in good faith.
Grenada greets delegates with "good morning," as it's 6:10am. There was absolutely no indication that this was an illegal process. Grenada calls on major parties to follow through on their commitments. She says I cannot sit here and see the work of my government, my PM, and my long tired self to be thrown out. I call on my brother from Sudan to rethink his conclusions and to get hold of his emotions, and I will help him. I too am unhappy. We have to help each other, not condemn each other. I encourage us to go forward.
Japan says we are here to do our utmost to save the earth. It is shameful of ourselves condemning each other while the whole world is watching us.
Papua New Guinea enters. "Papua New Guinea supports this document. But many of the flaws are due to us as G-77 countries ourselves. Many of the Annex 1 countries were willing to pledge deep cuts, but G-77 countries cut them out. While many of the Annex 1 countries sent their leaders, some G-77 countries sent their officials and it was these officials who struck out these commitments.Over 100 leaders have come here. The world is watching us. We support adopting this."
Todd Stern from the US now: We applaud the chair. There was broad participation from 25-30 countries including the President of the US. The President met with the leaders of China, Brazil, and South Africa to bridge important gaps. It is disappointing to see the work down there not recognized or in some cases disowned by some people who participated in it." Stern says the UN itself stands on trial on this issue.
Norway says for one week, nothing happened. But he says one step forward is much better than two steps backward. He also takes great exception to climate aid being called a bribe. "I am not a lawyer. My mother is a lawyer, but I have no intention of being a lawyer. However, it seems that if the vast majority of countries want to move together should be able to move.
Russia also supports adopting the accord.
This thing just keeps going and going.