The world’s biggest ever negotiations aimed at tackling climate change began today in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.
More than 15,000 participants from more than 190 nations are all hoping over the next two weeks to reach a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the talks, which have been dubbed ‘Hopenhagen’ by the world’s media.
Although the summit’s objectives were scaled back – a legally binding treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol is not likely – the 105 world leaders have said they will push for at least a political declaration.
Yvo de Boer, the UN’s Climate chief, is insistent on the talks' success: “I don’t think it’s going to fail,” said de Boer. “I mean, if I look at the number of people who’ve committed to come here to make sure that it’s a success, the announcements of financial support that we have received, the targets that have been announced, the developing country engagement that we’re seeing, I don’t think it’s going to fail.”
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