How would you know it was a disaster?
The simple answer: watch their lips!
First the three Wise Monkeys packaged as one:
The U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: “Finally we sealed a deal … The ‘Copenhagen Accord’ may not be everything everyone had hoped for, but this … is an important beginning.”
Yes Mr Secretary General, it’s the beginning of the end.
Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat: “This basically is a letter of intent … the ingredients of an architecture that can respond to the long-term challenge of climate change, but not in precise legal terms. That means we have a lot of work to do on the long road to Mexico.”
Ohhh yesss, thank you kindly Mr Climate Change Secretariat. Could you send a certified copy of your ‘letter of intent’ to nature for her approval. She is involved in all this, you know!
South African negotiators called the outcome of the Copenhagen climate talks “disappointing” and “unacceptable.”
Buyelwa Sonjica, South African minister of environmental affairs: “Not acceptable, it is definitely not acceptable.”
“In Copenhagen, parties were still too far apart, and too involved with process rather than substance, to reach a formal negotiating process,” Sonjica said, criticising “some ill-restrained interventions” and poor decisions by the Danish organizers.
South Africa’s chief negotiator Alf Wills:
The Danish hosts “destroyed the trust” of delegates by introducing an unacceptable draft text.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel: “The decision has been very difficult for me. We have done one step, we have hoped for several more.”
You mean personally? Does the hemorrhoid bother you so much? Perhaps, you ought to take it easy for a while and abstain from taking so many steps. Try to rest for a while.
Sarkozy of Israel: “We have an agreement ,,, The text we have is not perfect.”
Nothing of yours is, or will ever be, Mr Sarko-zy.
Brazil’s climate change ambassador, Sergio Serra: “We have a big job ahead to avoid climate change through effective emissions reduction targets, and this was not done here.”
Obama, the man from the White House: “For the first time in history, all of the world’s major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action on the threat of climate change.”
Sound bite number?
China’s premier, Wen Jiabao: ” [my government has played an] important and constructive [role in Copenhagen negotiations.]”
Is that so?
Antonio Hill, Oxfam’s climate change adviser: “The Copenhagen accord is hugely disappointing but it also reveals how the traditional approach to international negotiations, based on brinkmanship and national self-interest, is both unfit for pursuing our common destiny and downright dangerous.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a global ambassador for the charity: “The failure of the political process in Copenhagen to achieve a fair, adequate and binding deal on climate change is profoundly distressing. A higher purpose was at stake but our political leaders have proven themselves unable to rise to the challenge. We must look to the future. Our leaders must regroup, learn and make good their failure for the sake of humanity’s future.”
Gordon Brown said: “The talks in Copenhagen were not easy and as they reached conclusion I did fear the process would collapse and we would have no deal at all … We must learn lessons from Copenhagen and the tough negotiations that took place. Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down these talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards a greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries.”
“One of the frustrations for me was the lack of a global body with the sole responsibility for environmental stewardship. I believe that in 2010 we will need to look at reforming our international institutions to meet the common challenges we face as an international community.” Brown added.