Led by Tuvalu, the Small Island States staged a walkout from yesterday’s plenary session, enraged at the refusal of China, India and Saudi Arabia to accept a proposal for a stronger climate change deal. Tuvalu, like many of the Small Island States, has its highest point at 4.5 metres above sea level and is at extreme risk from rising sea levels.
As day two of the Copenhagen climate change conference drew to an end, a draft text leaked to the media provoked uproar amongst developing countries. The draft agreement is the result of work by a group of individuals known as ‘the circle of commitment’, understood to include the UK, US and Denmark.
The much anticipated Copenhagen climate summit stuttered into life yesterday, with the burden of expectation weighing heavily on its shoulders. Climate negotiators have convened at Copenhagen’s Bella Center for the first of two weeks of meetings.