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Cop15 venue shaken by African demonstrations

The African civil society reacted furiously to leaked documents saying that the developed countries will get more power and the Kyoto protocol should be abandon.

Video: Aleksander Tushkin

By Hanne Marie Molde

Pan-Africa Climate Justice Allianc stopped everyone and attrached huge media attention at the Bella Center today as they marched into the main hall screaming:”Two degrees: suicide. One Africa, one degree.”

The reasons for the protest is a Danish text that was leaked to the Guardian newspaper earlier today, which is to give the rich countries more power, sideline the UN’s negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol.

“We are very sad today. Our hopes have been dashed by the developing countries”, a man shouted.

“We will not see Africa devided as it was devided in the past. The Africans are suffering from climate change, and we will not die in silence. We want a legally binding deal for the people of Africa”.

Shortly after the demonstration a press release was sent out to all accredited media with a comment from UNFCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer on the draft.

“This was an informal paper ahead of the conference given to a number of people for the purposes of consultations. The only formal texts in the UN process are the ones tabled by the Chairs of this Copenhagen conference at the behest of the Parties”.

Read The Guardian’s version here.

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It's done - COP15 was from 7-18 December 2009 - and did not reach the expected results. We (the student newsroom and lab) worked from 6-15 December - and reached more than we expected.

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