The past days (and especialy last night) I was feeling very sad about the outcome of the Bali climate convention. But this morning I read that a new agreement on tackling climate change was forged late this (Bali) night when the United States caved in and agreed to support the Bali roadmap.
The US concession – 14 hours after the initial deadline passed – came after two weeks of talks and a day of high drama, in which conference head Yvo de Boer stormed out in tears and American delegates were booed and jeered.
“We will go forward and join consensus,” US lead negotiator Paula Dobriansky told the 190-nation meeting to cheers and applause from the exhausted delegates.
Delegates rose to their feet and clapped and cheered as conference president Rachmat Witoelar banged down his gavel and declared that the roadmap had been adopted.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took the extraordinary step of addressing the delegates, urging them to compromise in the interests of the world.
And Mr de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was given a standing ovation after he returned to the hall in the Bali International Convention Centre after earlier breaking down and leaving the gruelling negotiations. (we dutch people can get sooo emotional…)
Delegates agreed to launch talks on a new global warming pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, including nations which had not ratified Kyoto such as the US.
I’m feeling good with this news, but can’t help wonder if we are not too late?
Last week I went with Luna to the movies to watch “EARTH”
A beautyfull documentairy about our planet…I advice anybody to go watch it (or dowload the movie somewhere..)