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Cancun: UN convention on climate change

Tears and cheers in the Plenary hall. Signs of progress?

Tears and cheers in the Plenary hall. Signs of progress?

I just witnessed a sign of great hope at the climate talks in Cancun. Today new drafts of the new climate agreement were released. Initial responses have been mostly positive and it appears that there has been significant compromise from many countries. This text forms the framework for a new climate treaty and makes a […]

Festooned in Cancun

Festooned in Cancun

As the talks move into their final hours the tension is building. Planned sessions have been delayed indefinably as we all prepare for the to go throughout the night and into the morning. I had the opportunity to meet with the Australia Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet today to pass on messages support (and […]

Australia commits to being “flexible in Cancun”? Only time will tell.

Australia commits to being “flexible in Cancun”? Only time will tell.

We are fast approaching the final day of negotiations at the major UN Climate Summit for 2010. New meetings are being called around the clock as Heads of State and Environment Ministers attempt to secure a strong outcome from Cancun. In the past few hours a range of press conferences and non-government organisation briefings have […]

Cancun climate talks hang in the balance

Cancun climate talks hang in the balance

The high-level sessions of the UN climate talks in Cancun are now well under way. Ministers and heads of state from all over the world have come together to wrestle with the nuts and bolts of a future climate treaty. The pace is gradually picking up and the process is receiving more international attention. In […]

Welcome Minister. It's time to roll up your sleeves

Welcome Minister. It's time to roll up your sleeves

The final week of critical climate negotiations in Cancun is upon us. Australia’s Minister for climate change, the Hon Greg Combet, arrived on the weekend and got straight to work. He has landed himself in the middle of tense and fragile negotiations. There remains a mixed atmosphere of both optimism for success in Cancun and […]

Fighting for survival in Cancun

Fighting for survival in Cancun

Climate change is already affecting the lives of many of our Pacific Island neighbours. Phil Ireland caught up with Pelenise Alofa from Kiribati to hear a Pacific perspective on how the UN climate negotiations are unfolding in Cancun.

Kicking Kyoto around in Cancun

Kicking Kyoto around in Cancun

It’s nearing the end of the 3rd day in Cancun and tension lingers in the air. Several issues are coming to the surface that may block progress in the coming days. In the formal meetings and in the hallways everyone is talking about the Kyoto Protocol (the current climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions). […]

Welcome to Cancun: opening day

Welcome to Cancun: opening day

Phillip Ireland writes from the UN climate talks in Cancun: As I write this, I am sensing a strange mix of hope and frustration in the air following the opening address of the 2010 UN Climate Summit (known by the very inspiring name of COP16) in Cancun. The similarities to previous meetings are obvious, however, […]

C'mon Aussie c'mon.... seriously, c'mon!!!!

C'mon Aussie c'mon.... seriously, c'mon!!!!

I’m walking down a dusty road on the outskirts of the old citadel in Damascus, Syria. Lugging my backpack and avoiding donkeys, taxis and potholes in the road, I suddenly come across a patch of green. It’s a garden – about as big as three suburban sized Aussie backyards put together – and it’s filled […]

Tracking Cancun: keep the Oz delegation accountable

Tracking Cancun: keep the Oz delegation accountable

Phillip Ireland writes: Check out my latest video blog asking questions of Ambassador Louise Hand about the UN talks in Cancun. Cancun, Mexico is often associated with being a popular holiday location for fun seeking American students, yet for two weeks from November 29th, the coastal city will be host to the 2010 UN Climate Summit. We’re […]