The PM in Denmark
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in Copenhagen, but not speaking to the Assembly this evening. According to this memo, just received from the PMO, here's what Harper is doing instead:
This afternoon Prime Minister Harper met with Environment Minister Jim Prentice, and Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States.
Minister Prentice briefed the Prime Minister on the latest developments in the negotiations here in Copenhagen.
As you know, Ambassador Doer is part of Minister Prentice's advisory group for the Copenhagen meeting. Ambassador Doer provided his perspectives on the conference to date.
The Prime Minister also met this evening with Shawn Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Chief Atleo is also a member of Minister Prentice's advisory group.
The Prime Minister will be leaving shortly for tonight's leaders' meeting, organized by the Danes. There, he will be engaging other leaders as part of Canada's efforts to work constructively to produce a single agreement here in Copenhagen that includes verifiable mitigation commitments from all major economies / emitters.
While the Prime Minister is meeting with other leaders, Minister Prentice will deliver Canada's statement to the assembly. Minister Prentice will be followed on stage by U.S negotiator Todd Stern.
According to the official programme issued by the UN, the Chinese speaker will be Zhang Ping - the Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission.
Among G8 nations:
Japan is represented by their Minister of the Environment, Sakihito Ozawa.
Russia is represented by Igor Shuvalov, the First Deputy Prime Minister.
Italy will be represented by their Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Stefania Prestigiacomo.