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The Danish Text Leak

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 10, 2009

Rishi and Alina blogging from Copenhagen

Copenhagen: Expectations are high and the world seems to be watching. With more than 100 heads of state or government attending, the general feeling, across the board, is that there must be some output at the end of these two weeks. negotiators have already spent two full years, since the launch of the Bali Action Plan to work out the global climate architecture.

The so called ‘Danish Text’ was leaked through the Guardian and caused quite a good deal of furor.

While the text may only be a proposal that some countries are trying to push and there still are questions about the authenticity of the document, this text has caused a great deal of disappointment.

This leak came out very early into the two weeks of COP15 and does not in any way help to build trust between the rich and the poor countries. In fact, this leak only serves to expand the rift further.

Most of the major demands of the developing countries have been shot down.


The Copenhagen Agreement is proposed to be a political text instead of a legally binding.

The existing financial mechanisms are to be strengthened (read: more roles for the World Bank) as opposed to placing the mechanism under COP in a country driven process.

No guarantee of technical and financial support for mitigation actions or for annual reporting through national communications

Multiple proposals are apparently floating around. Look out for updates on other proposals in the making.

Read the Guardian article here:


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