Friday, December 18, 2009

COP15 Highlights, day 11 - December 17, 2009

In which Hillary arrives and starts kicking ass (1:37 and following. Killer look at a reporter at 2:14). Various world leaders excerpted here as well, Gordon Brown, Hugo Chavez, Kevin Rudd, Angela Merkel. Somebody doesn't get an excerpt because somebody didn't speak.

Hillary's "deal breaker" comment, directed at China on the issue of transparency, occurs at 4:29, perhaps the biggest moment yesterday. Obama has arrived too, in meetings with other leaders now, and the transparency issue with China remains a problem. The New York Times reports on a meeting of the countries who are working on a political declaration:
Mr. Obama, who was scheduled to address conference delegates shortly after his arrival, instead went into a closed-door meeting with a group of fellow leaders to discuss a preliminary draft of a political declaration they hope to produce here. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao boycotted the session, prompting a public rebuke from President Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

Mr. Sarkozy said that China is holding back progress in the climate talks. Speaking just after the unscheduled meeting ended, Mr. Sarkozy said that Chinese resistance to monitoring of emissions was a key sticking point.

The countries represented include Australia, Britain, France, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Norway and Colombia. China was represented by a Foreign Ministry official.
An American negotiator, weary from a night of negotiations, expressed confidence early Friday that the talks would produce some form of an agreed declaration, even if it falls short of the ambitions of many delegates and lacks specifics on some of the toughest issues.
I suppose someone will tell Canada about that at some point.

Update: A few more tidbits on that Obama/leaders meeting referenced above:

Italy and Canada were the only G8 nations not invited to attend the talks. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is back home after being attacked by a protester earlier this week, suffering injuries that included a broken nose and a chipped tooth.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived at the Bella Center, where the summit is being held, at around 9:30 a.m. local time with bloodshot eyes after attending a gala dinner hosted by the Danish Queen that stretched until two o'clock Friday morning.