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Tuvalu is the Real Deal

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 9, 2009

Rishi blogging from Copenhagen

At the resumed COP session this morning, Tuvalu started out by requesting a contact group to be formed to discuss its submission on a legally binding Copenhagen agreement. One after the other, AOSIS member states supported the proposal, their voices were in unison- there is no time to wait, we need a legally binding agreement NOW.

Perhaps some of the loudest voices against the Tuvalu proposal came from advanced developing countries saying that the proposal actually is an attempt to kill the Kyoto Protocol. Because of these allegations and opposition from countries, the contact group couldn’t be established. This was one of the very last hopes of having a legally binding treaty out from Copenhagen.

Reacting immediately to these developments, a mass of youth quickly formed with placards reading “Tuvalu is the Real Deal”. Mobilizations arrived from different groups in support of Tuvalu and the need for a legally binding agreement.

The message from these chants was clear: we will not die quietly.

As the chants grew louder and louder with the crowd increasing, we were sectioned off and the immediate vicinity was restricted only to the parties.

I really hope, we, as youth, can continue to be the moral voice of this conference and call out injustices as we see them.


One Response to “Tuvalu is the Real Deal”

  1. Manjeet said

    just cpoppied a


    In an historic new award, NGOs from around the world united in voting Tuvalu the first ever winner of Ray of the Day — to be given on rare occasions for actions to substantially advance progress in global climate talks. The tiny Pacific island nation was celebrated today for its bold proposal to discuss a legal outcome from the Copenhagen summit. Along with other small islands Tuvalu will be one of the first victims of rising seas as warmer temperatures melt glaciers and expand oceans.

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