Global environmental challenges
Packing while Copenhagen burns
The talks were supposed to be over, “family photo” taken, and slaps on the back given all round.
So all the 193 countries and many RINGOS, BINGOS, YOUNGOS, banks and others who had set up temporary Copenhagen offices had been told to have them packed up by Friday evening.
The rest of the plan has fallen apart, with world leaders crammed into conference rooms desperately trying to salvage something from two weeks of fruitless talks.
But the packing at least is still going according to schedule, with everything from suitcases to floorboards being rolled out as anxious journalists and harried delegates look on.
At such a critical point in the negotiations, you would expect the Bella Center to be overflowing. Non-governmental organizations were all but banished earlier in the week just as the high-level talks were about to start, and now the office-space for delegates resembles a ghost town.
If the meetings go on past Friday, as the United Nations has apparently suggested to some delegates, the already gloomy negotiating teams may be meeting in stripped down rooms that will hardly add to their cheer.