Posted by: carbonara | December 15, 2009

“On the fifth day til COP-mas, the Mr Men sent to me…

TWELVE SUCKERS SHIV’RING,
ELEVEN CAMERAS ROLLING,
TEN ISLANDS SINKING,
NINE RUMOURS SPREADING,
EIGHT MINISTERS MILLING,
SEVEN SONGS A-SINGING,
SIX HEADS A-HURTING,

FIVE BOLD TEXTS”

With the dawning of week two a new sense of urgency descended on the Bella Center as the arrival of heads-of-state becomes ever more imminent and a coherent deal appears still far off in the distance. Nevertheless scenes outside the conference centre this morning saw the climate change bandwagon, recently groaning under the growing weight of its passengers, have its wheels come pretty much clean off as thousands more of Mr Greedy and Mr Nosey’s observers turned up to show their face around the summit during the second week but were met with crippling registration delays. There was fury at the Danish police as they corralled the climate workers into something akin to an orderly queue and then held them there at their own volition for most of the day. The temperature plummeted and spirits followed as the hours ticked by and it became clear that many people were simply not going to get in, despite having flown great distances for the privilege. However, when Mr Impossible was spotted in the line somehow space was made available for him…though presumably he knows a thing or two about such inconvenient truths.

As the observers began to freeze the atmosphere inside the centre was hotting up as a series of Bold Texts were put forward for consideration. Mr Rush began with a bold proposal to streamline the final plenaries into one track not two, but African Mr Grumpy had a grumpy fit and effectively suspended the talks once again. Meanwhile Mr Tickle came out with a bold consolidation of his text which appeared initially to be well received but may yet suffer in final negotiation. In the discussion of further commitments from developed countries, some hints at forthcoming bold moves were apparent. On the more technical side of CDM reform, the latest text also includes impressively bold reforms…but may yet get the chop. It was a day for bold drafts, and long may this last as it might final get us all across the line in time for everyone to get home for Christmas.

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