A number of news outlets are referring to Copenhagen as “Constipagen” today. Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and others reported that this is how some environmental NGOs and other non profit organizations began referring to the UN climate talks because neither the talks nor the lines to get in the conference center were moving. Yesterday, access for NGOs to get in the Bella Center was blocked for hours. The executive director of the UNFCCC, Yvo De Boer, had to come out in person and explain to an angry crowd that the conference center had simply reached its accommodation capacity.
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But, looks like things are going better today. Danish hosts re-launched the talks after the United States backed a $100 billion fund to help developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change.
“I understand that the talks have been difficult. I know that our team, along with many others, are working hard and around the clock to forge a deal. And we will continue doing all that we can do. But the time is at hand for all countries to reach for common ground and take an historic step that we can all be proud of,” said US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in her remarks at the COP15.
France’s Sarkozy and Germany’s Merkel also addressed the UNFCCC today and seemed to make an effort to give impetus to the negotiations. Other important political leaders are speaking today and tomorrow. Fingers crossed that speeches turn into action and Copenhagen becomes known in history not as Constipagen, but Hopenhagen.
Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui is the Press Officer for Conservation International.