The world watches Copenhagen

Emily Nevins is Deputy Director of Campaigns with the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and is head of their delegation to COP15

World leaders have now arrived for the final stretch of talks to reach what needs to be a fair, ambitious and binding climate deal.

Despite setbacks over the past two weeks, there is a tremendous spirit of collaboration and hope in civil society here in Copenhagen as individuals and organizations continue monitoring negotiations and joining together to campaign for a real deal and for real leadership.

The police confirmed this week that 100,000 people participated in demonstrations in Copenhagen on Saturday. Demonstrations also took place in 140 other countries. The global TckTckTck petition is racing past 12 million signatures as the pressure increases.

Even though most of civil society, including Amnesty International’s delegation, is no longer allowed inside the Bella Center, world leaders must hear the clear global call that has been made and understand that millions of people are watching them to see whether they agree a deal that will ensure vulnerable people everywhere avoid poverty, insecurity and human rights abuses that will be caused by climate change.

A candlelight vigil will be held in Copenhagen this evening in solidarity with people around the world as they await the much anticipated outcome on Friday.

You can still visit http://tcktcktck.org/ to add your name to the petition and demand a fair, ambitious and binding deal.

Posted in International Organizations | 14 Comments

  1. Christine Todd says:

    With so many of us united against further delays in producing a “fair, ambitious and binding climate deal” the politicians cannot hope to leave untied ends.

  2. hello says:

    What a banal and boring text. It almost seems as if Emily Nevins is not really there.. What does Amnesty have to do with climate change? jumping on the bandwagon like always.

  3. It just simply makes no sense sometimes. This big brother treatment being mooted out by a few developed nations towards the lesser privileged is such a shame. Infact the whole world is watching, yet these nations just go right ahead and close their eyes to world opinion. Horrible!! CopenHagen …what a wasted beginning!!

  4. Al Smith says:

    All American Veterns want the United Nation moved to a country that will repect it, like Iran. Vensula, Sri Lanka, Kenya. We are lobbying Mr Obama.

  5. Sangbae says:

    “What does Amnesty have to do with climate change?” I guess, in this case, the Earth itself is the prisoner of our reckless behavior. (And maybe you are right. Maybe Amnesty International is jumping on the bandwagon like always, but at least it’s for good cause. If you ask me, I just can’t get enough of it.)

  6. Brandon says:

    What does Amnesty have to do with climate change? A whole lot.
    An increased occurrence of climate refugees, increased frequency of extreme weather, water shortages, resource wars, rising sea levels threatening small island nations, the ability of indigenous societies to remain self-sufficient. All of these things directly affect our ability live up to our human rights commitments locally and globally. Climate change has a direct impact on the most vulnerable in society; those without the resources to move when a severe drought hits, those who are dependent on seasonal rains for their livelihoods, those caught in the middle of a resource war.
    As a strong figure in the civil society movement, Amnesty has a lot to bring to the conversations about climate change and brings a unique perspective to these global talks. Any agreement will directly impact the lives of millions of people, so yes, Amnesty has a legitimate role to play in these climate change talks.

  7. Mirajini says:

    With so many of us united against further delays in producing a “fair, ambitious and binding climate deal” the politicians cannot hope to leave untied ends.

  8. Alex says:

    What does Amnesty have to do with climate change? boring !

  9. saida says:

    What a banal and boring text. It almost seems as if Emily Nevins is not really there.. What does Amnesty have to do with climate change? jumping on the bandwagon like always. true i agree a loada rubbish

  10. rxadvices says:

    The commitment to confront climate change at the highest level is a good sign indeed. Hope other countries which are not participating this time will show its commitments in the future.

  11. It’s amazing how people get so united and bounded with a similar cause. If believe that there is hope for the future then everything is all worth fighting for.

  12. “It’s amazing how people get so united and bounded with a similar cause. If believe that there is hope for the future then everything is all worth fighting for.” by Party hire Melbourne

    I totally agree, but also if we unite to minimize burning carbon dioxide on the air and thing of the best alternative solution on power plant and other industry that caused so much damages on our earth surface then, we can saves our precious planet. Thanks for sharing this article.

  13. Tony Hoang says:

    With so many of us united against further delays in producing a “fair, ambitious and binding climate deal” the politicians cannot hope to leave untied ends.
    Khoa hoc tieng anh cho nguoi di lam
    Trung tam tieng anh EFA Vietnam

  14. delays in producing a “fair, ambitious and binding climate deal” the politicians cannot hope to leave untied ends.

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