The Cancun Catch-up

Melita and Tsepo, two members of the Greenpeace Africa team, give us the inside scoop of what's going on at this round of climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.

  • Dramatic final moments of COP 16

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 11, 2010 at 10:40

    It’s 3:30am here in Cancun, and the draft decisions presented by Mexico today have been adopted, on both the KP and LCA track. They are being referred to as the ‘Cancun Agreements’.

    The argument used was that the UN works through consensus, but when ... Read more >

  • The Cancun Agreement?

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 11, 2010 at 10:14

    We’re out of time here in Cancun and things have now run into extra time.

    Earlier today the Mexican government presented text for both the Kyoto Protocol and the LCA to the 194 countries represented here – the product of 2 weeks of discussions/consult... Read more >

  • It’s the final countdown…

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 11, 2010 at 6:45

    Last night was the second last night of COP 16, and it didn’t end before 3am.

    The issues have been escalated to the highest level – which means that the ministers themselves are working bi-laterally and in groups to try to find compromises. It’s not ... Read more >

  • Crunch Time

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 10, 2010 at 8:05

    The final two days of COP 16 have arrived, which means that the atmosphere here has changed, with a greater sense of urgency and consistently later nights.

    Now is when ministers and negotiators get down to trying to draft what is termed ‘compromise l...

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  • Power to the people (looking to South Africa)

    Blogpost by Melita Steele - December 10, 2010 at 7:58

    When you walk into both the Cancun Messe and the Moon Palace there are information stalls set up giving information on Durban as the host city for COP 17. Despite only recently being announced as the host of this mega conference, Durban has already pu... Read more >

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