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I’m out in Paris as part of the team of Guardian correspondents covering the UN climate talks. Yesterday was the big set piece day for speeches by heads of state and government. They were meant to stick to 3 minutes each but of course many spoke for much longer and the speeches carried on well after dark. Barack Obama said the fact the talks were going ahead was an “ACT OF DEFIANCE” following the terrorist attacks 2 weeks ago.
Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary general, implored countries to come to a deal: “Please, let’s meet on the middle ground, show some flexibility and sense of compromise for the common good. We can’t go on like this. We can’t waste any further time.”
I spent the first two days talking to the heads of the MOST IMPORTANT DEVELOPING COUNTRY NEGOTIATING GROUPS and I must say they have rather more faith than I do that they will get a deal. Now that the leaders have jetted out, there are only three days of negotiations left before the politicians arrive and, boy, there are mountains to climb over cuts, long term goals, finance, equity, and the principle that the rich countries should act first and dig deeper because they are responsible for the historical emissions. My feeling now is that there will be a monster collision and rows in a few days time, but then all parties will come to their senses and realise that everyone has to compromise. It will be painful, but it’s the only chance of success.
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daily notes from COP21 paris climate conference
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We promised you last week that we’d send regular dispatches from the Paris climate talks. Here is our first from the desk, so to speak. At the email’s end you’ll find my recommended reading list.
I have spent the day editing and watching MORE THAN A HUNDRED WORLD LEADERS PROMISE THE EARTH ON CLIMATE CHANGE. From Barack Obama and Xi Jinping to the heads of tiny Pacific island states, they took the stage in Paris today to tell the world they would act. The rhetoric was lofty, planetary, grave.
“Here in Paris we will decide on the very future of the planet,” said FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE the president of France. “One of the enemies we will be fighting at this conference is cynicism – the presumption that we can’t do anything about climate change,” said US president, Barack Obama. The fact that the climate summit had gone ahead at all WAS AN ACT OF DEFIANCE AGAINST THE TERRORISTS BEHIND THE PARIS ATTACKS OF 13 NOVEMBER. he said. Others talked of ensuring the future of the human race, of leaving a safe planet for future generations. The fight against climate change was a fight for survival, several said.
The sheer number of heads of state in Paris – nearly 150 leaders – bodes well for any climate deal’s prospects. But whether today’s strong rhetoric translates into strong action remains to be seen.
From Tuesday the summit will switch down to the nitty gritty of negotiatiors trying to turn a 50-page text into a deal that 195 countries can agree on, in less that a fortnight. As UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI-MOON put it, the time for brinkmanship is over. “We have never faced such a test. A political momentum like this may not come again.”
Want to find out more about the Paris climate talks? Here’s my essential reading list: