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Venezuela

Friday, 10 Dec 2010 - The Venezuelan Minister accepts apologies for difficult experience at the door. We know it was due to people being tired, and the situations were difficult. We think it is important for people to...

President's Response to Bolivia and Statement from Peru

Friday, 10 Dec 2010 - She apologizes to the claim she did not recognize Bolivia... No one knew they wanted the floor.  And she deftly suggests all the substantive concerns of Bolivia were handled in the consultations, so...

Last Session -- Holding our Breath

Friday, 10 Dec 2010 - After a further delay to allow another several hundred people to file into a room that was already full, the session is now called to order. President Espinosa thanks everyone for tireless work. My...

Quick and Dirty Update

Friday, 10 Dec 2010 - The President of the COP released new texts and called parties back for informal stock-taking.It has left me pinching myself. It is all beyond what I had hoped for.... It is not over yet.  So fingers...

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Thursday, 09 Dec 2010 - Costa Rica's Vice-President Alfio Piva gave a speech with sweeping historical references.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...