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Now that the hoopla is over, I feel compelled to answer my own questions (and address my fears) about what was achieved at the United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Doha. Of course, had we solved the problems of poverty and under-development, I would be out of a job (though I swear I wouldn’t mind!)
“Just tell the truth and write how you feel.” – good advice to the first-time, and quite tentative, blogger – and advice I will heed.
The truth is, I feel colder than I have ever felt in my life.
I have just stood outside in sub-zero temperatures for five hours getting Oxfam’s message out to the hordes heading for the UN Climate Talks (without gloves, for more efficient leafleting) and I cannot feel my fingers. Typing this is proving to be v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w.
On a rest day at the UN Climate Talks in Poznan, Oxfam's Charlie Powell and Barry Coates retreat to their hotel to take stock of events at the first week of negotiations, and look forward to the arrival of the ministers in week two.
Today, in many cities, thousands of climate protesters from all over the world demanded that world leaders take strong and urgent action to prevent destabilisation of the global climate. They were asking leaders to move as rapidly as possible towards a fair and effective emissions reductions treaty.
We were, of course, at Poznan's march where more than a thousand people marched around the city centre.
"It will be the young and the poor and developing countries that will suffer earliest and hardest. We cannot allow this to happen."Nicholas Stern - author of reports on economic implications of climate change.