Skip to comments.Copenhagen opening speech: Let's get it done ('we need money you can count on in the long-term')
Posted on 12/08/2009 5:45:27 AM PST by Libloather
Opening speech: Let's get it done
Connie Hedegaard's speech At the COP15 opening session: Let´s get it done! This is the time to deliver! THIS is the place to commit. And yes there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able."
Thank you for the election. I promise you, as president I will do my very best to listen and ensure transparency. Thank you also very much minister Nowicki for your personal strong commitment. It has been a pleasure to work with you.
For a long time, Copenhagen was the name of a distant deadline. Next year, next COP, next month But now it is now! Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Danish capital! After 'B' for Bonn, Bangkok, and Barcelona the turn has come to 'C'. C for Copenhagen. But also C for Constructiveness, C for Cooperation, and hopefully in the end C for Commitment and Consensus!
In short: let's get it done! This is the time to deliver! THIS is the place to commit. And yes there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able.
I base my confidence on the daily contacts with Ministers representing every group and every continent and I appreciate the trust and overwhelming support Ministers and governments have granted to me, to the secretariat and to the Chairs.
And make no mistake: Denmark is committed to maximum progress in the two tracks the Convention track and the Kyoto Protocol and to ensure successful and ambitious outcomes! TO GET IT DONE! The science has never been clearer. The solutions have never been more abundant. Political will has never been stronger. And let me warn you: Political will will never be stronger. This is our chance. If we miss it, it could take years before we got a new and better one. If ever.
MITIGATION THE COPENHAGEN DEADLINE IS WORKING!
Actually the truth is that the Copenhagen deadline already works. In recent months, many developed countries have announced economy-wide emission reductions.
And many developing countries have indicated ambitious national actions as their contributions to the global effort: China, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, a few days ago India and last night South Africa just to mention a few.
Every positive announcement will improve our chances of staying below the two degrees celcius target. But as we all know only too well: We are not there yet. This goes for financing as well.
And finance may be an even bigger challenge. We have seen some positive dynamics on structure and amounts.
But in the next two weeks we need to work really hard and find both public and private money. Especially, we need money you can count on in the long-term.
It is crucial that we ensure a new, additional and predictable financial flow for mitigation, adaptation, technology, and capacity building in developing countries.
ONE WEEK TO PRODUCE CLEAR OPTIONS
Dear negotiators! This year, you have had weeks of extra negotiating time. Since June, you have worked with negotiation text. Preparations have been unparalleled! And I know that your friends and families expect you to be less busy next year. But that means we must get it done now!
Your ability to make progress this first week, is a precondition for the success of all of us next week.
Therefore: Compromise! Agree! Find concrete solutions! Use every skill available to pave the way for ministers and leaders to finalize the deal!
We conclude COP15 when our leaders join us! And leaders have made it clear: They expect to adopt a global agreement eleven days from now, that includes the results of your work under both the AWG-LCA and the AWG-KP.
That provides the most powerful push and the strongest incentive to conclude your work.
WE WILL SUCCEED! - A COPENHAGEN AGREEMENT
Finally: To those that may still hold back ambition, fearing their economies will suffer:
We don't have to choose between economic growth or climate conservation! A global deal will drive job creation! A global deal will drive competitive advantage! A global deal will drive energy security!
Ladies and gentlemen, let's get it done! The time has come to set the right course for our world while we still can!
The Agreement we adopt in Copenhagen must be comprehensive! It must deliver on all major questions across the building blocks! It must launch immediate action! And it must capture all the progress in the UNFCCC up until now!
Let us on December 18 look each other straight in the eyes, and take satisfaction in the fact that we ALL gave our very best to the defining gathering of a generation! Let Copenhagen be remembered for the spirit of C - constructiveness and cooperation leading to commitment and consensus.
Let's mark this meeting in history! Let's open the door to the low-carbon age! Let's get it done! Now!
Take your costly con and cram it.
It sounds like a speech given at a fundraising dinner. You know, the one they give before they pass the hat.
The "COP" in "COP15" is not for Copenhagen, but rather another word that begins with "COP" that means: "Be Fruitful and Multiply" (but not in those exact words).
Is that the church lady?! Looks like Dana Carvey in a purple blazer!
They know the current American President is a stooge and a puppet that will do what he is told by his communist overlord. That being to lend an air of legitimacy to this massive voodoo ritual.
This is their chance to grab the “authority” of a legitimate government, which they are not.
Is she an old rock star that had a sex change? ;-)
Let the Danish attending this farce explain why the killing of Calderon Dolphins is allowed as a sport activity in Denmark. Sickening videos available for viewing but not for the faint hearted. I would have thought this would be a perfect time for PETA and all animal lovers to protest big time at this event.
Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol
The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as "the circle of commitment" but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark
Casse, y'know, it's all about the science.
“C” is for Crummy Conniving Cheating Con-job Charlatans spewing Crapola.