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Day 12 at Copenhagen: Gruelling negotiations drag into overtime

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-12-19

As US President Barack Obama arrived in Copenhagen, world leaders mounted a desperate bid to reach a strong climate pact. With only hours before the 12-day marathon is due to close, hope for a deal is fading out.

From Day 1 through to Day 12, FRANCE 24's correspondents at the Bella Centre uncover the real issues stirring the debate at the Copenhagen summit on climate change.

The failure to clinch an agreement before the arrival of world leaders has chilled the atmosphere at the Copenhagen climate conference. The traditional heads of state picture fell victim to divisions as climate talks dragged into overtime.

The conference was scheduled to end at 5pm this Friday but world leaders kept on negotiating until late in order to bridge the gap between rich nations and developing countries and reach an agreement before leaving Copenhagen.

A meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao didn’t iron out differences between the two global powers and, as the hours pass by, hope for a bold climate pact is fading out.

 

A France 24 - RFI webdocumentary

Date created : 2009-12-19

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