Copenhagen – Final Day and a sighting of Obama!
Tortuous, divided, fractious, elusive, maddeningly diverse. Trying to find out about the progress of negotiations over the past 10 days has been like trying to find a needle in a haystack – a haystack that’s been placed on a trailer that is being driven away from you at speed.
The process has been always complicated, sometimes chaotic. An all-night meeting of the 26 most powerful leaders in the world made a last-ditch effort to arrive at a text. What emerged has been described as incomplete and unsatisfactory. Reportedly, the developed world is offering no more than 16 per cent reduction. And what’s on the table will not prevent temperature rises of below 3 degrees Celsius which would be amazing. The developing nations have railed against the text, saying it’s watery and a compromise.
Well, Barack Obama arrived in this morning and today is going to be all about him. He may address the plenary session this morning and, indeed, may be the hero of the hour, pulling a rabbit out the hat.
He arrived into freezing and snowy Denmark this mornign (so much for global warming) and every movement of his since then has been under the gaze of the camera. He has met many of the world leaders and there have been reports that they are trying to find a formula.
Anyways on to my little moment. I went to the main press conference room to cover Brazil president Luis Lula de la Silva but it was cancelled. While sitting there checking my emails – there were about 20 present altogether - who breezes through the room but Obama.
With a warm greeting of “Hi guys, how are you” he greeted everyone before psasing through, with an enormous entourage surrounding him.
We should all be hardened and innured. But that fleeting appearance created a huge buzz among us. Shallow yes, but the highlight of the entire conference for me!