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Tense Negotiations

Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - The intensity of negotiations ramped up as the available hours to negotiate draw to a close. The youth activists here have a powerful message on their t-shirts.  It is a quote from a young woman from...

Baird's Speech

Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - No doubt, anyone who wants to read Baird’s speech can find it on his website.The words are jarring.  No one yet has given such an upbeat bullish speech.  "We are here to build on momentum.  The...

Speeches and why I share them

Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - Hi all reading these blogs.  I want to share some of what occurs blow by blow.  Many sessions as behind closed doors. But the plenary today was hearing from Presidents and then Ministers. John Baird...

A Strong and Clear Call for Action from Costa Rican VP

Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - Costa Rica's Vice-President Alfio Piva gave a speech with sweeping historical references.  He began by pointing out that we were meeting on Mayan soil -- in a land where a great civilization used to...

Excerpts from COP16 Speech of Bolivian President Evo Morales

Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - “Why are we here in Cancun? To give hope to the peoples of the world. We are here to determine how we will cool down the temperatures....The earth is injured, wounded, and in recent years we have...

Some Powerful Words

Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010 - At the session on cities and parliamentarians and their role in fighting climate change, Marcelo Ebrard, Mayor of Mexico City, gave an inspiring talk.  He comes fresh from hosting the World Mayors...

COP16 Wednesday

Wednesday, 08 Dec 2010 - When people ask me how I can do any good in a UN meeting, they are often surprised to find that being a Green places me in an influential group of Parliamentarians.  Greens around the world are in...

More Speeches

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010 - Hon. Tillman Thomas, PM of Grenada: The countdown has started for the 2015 deadline set by the IPCC for the peaking and decline of GHG. After that it could be too late to protect our countries. We...

Blogging Notes from the High Level Segment

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010 - President of Guatemala: "This is a crisis of principles and values. It is not a question of how much money I am going to make. It is a question of how many lives I am going to save." President of...

COP16 Tuesday Update

Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010 - I had a wonderful meeting last night with an inspiring group of Canadian youth. We went around the circle at their low rent hostel in the centre of Cancun as they introduced themselves and where they...