As I was entered the Bella Center (Venue of COP15) today, I noticed a small poster saying “Obama – Win it at Oslo, Earn it at COP15!” This simple and elegant message sends across a variety of signals. We all have read the controversial stories which were floating around, when Barrack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Though we can argue over his win for days, the point is that now is the time to show step up and get a FAB (fair, ambitious and binding) deal in Copenhagen.

As the negotiations move forward at an extremely slow pace in COP15, the ministerial talks have already begun and most heads of states have arrived. Next week is going to be very crucial in terms of decisions on KP (Kyoto Protocol), Finance (Funds for the developing countries to mitigate emissions and adapt to climate change) and other issues. On one hand, the AOSIS (Alliance of Small Islands States), for whom survival is at stake, are pushing for legally binding commitments and on the other side, the developed countries (particularly Australia and Canada and ofcourse, the US) want to do away with KP.

The G77+China group (a loose coalition of 130 developing nations) has had internal issues this week and there have been rumours of a split between the BASIC countries (Brazil, India, China and South Africa) and the remaining members. With the first week coming to an end, the Bella Center has become a hotbed of politics and media, NGOs and the youth are trying to understand to figure out the dynamics of who’s dating whom!

As everyone awaits the visit of Obama on December 18th in Copenhagen, we are hoping that countries would be able to come to a fair deal by then and that the President of the United States would do justice to the climate, the Nobel, the people who elected him and the world!

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