When you ask people what happened yesterday in the negotiations at the COP , they’ll say – not much. Delegates were hunkered down in side rooms and there were no major sessions taking place. But it’s interesting how steamy a ‘not much’ day can be. And it feels like the temperature is rising quite quickly.
The build up to the EU Council meeting on the 10th is galvanising climate campaigners – we’re aiming to make 10,000 phone calls to European heads of state in the next 24 hours, make sure a call – making sure they feel the pressure to use the Council as a crucial last opportunity to finalise an ambitious offer to bring to Copenhagen.
The other big story in the halls of the convention centre yesterday and today is the emergence of a draft of the outcomes of the COP, written by the Danish, which has caused real concerns about the transparency of the negotiations here in Copenhagen, about the extent to which developing countries are being heard, and about the level of ambition for the final deal.
As the talks ramp up, it’s absolutely vital that the Danish COP presidency keeps developing countries at the very heart of the negotiations – otherwise Copenhagen will simply fail to deliver a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal. The stakes are frighteningly high.
The halls are noticeably filling up. It’s getting more challenging by the hour to find a quiet place to meet or make a phone call. There are several big demonstrations every day – the biggest one today, was in support of the islands of Tuvalu, the 4th smallest country in the world, which is holding out for a legally-binding treaty here in Copenhagen. The media centre is buzzing. Even the quiet days are noisy. Roll on week two.