Copenhagen Climate Change Conference 2009

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The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference 2009 is hosted in Denmark in the city of Copenhagen from the 7th to the 18th of December, 2009.

This is the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference, and is also referred to as COP15.

The two-week summit involves politicians and officials from 192 countries. More than 15,000 people are attending — not counting the protesters and activists expected to make their presence felt outside the Bella convention centre.



The goal of the conference is to come up with a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with what scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst climate change projections: melting ice sheets, rising sea levels, expanding desertification, widespread drought, famine and species extinction.[1]

Draft agreement leaked

The UN climate talks in Copenhagen descended into acrimony after the leaking of a draft "Copenhagen Agreement" that would require developing countries to take on targets as the world cut emissions in half by 2050.

Drafted by the Danish Government after talks with the so-called "circle of commitment", including Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the document said global emissions should peak by the end of the next decade but did not include any emissions targets for 2020 or specific proposals for the creation of a green fund to help the most vulnerable. Control of climate change finance would be passed to the World Bank.[2]

Opening ceremony video

See also

External links


  1. What is going on in Copenhagen?, Adam Morton, The Age, 7 December 2009
  2. Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after document leak], The Age, 9 December 2009

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