UN Climate talks in Poland open with tears and fasting

By Climate News Network editor Paul Brown in Warsaw

One topic dominated the opening the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Philippines delegation said,

“We cannot manage this abomination on our own.”

In an emotional opening to the new round of climate talks in Poland, Yeb Sano, the chief of the Philippines delegation, with tears rolling down his cheeks, said he would not eat before the end of the two weeks of negotiations until a substantial deal had been done to help countries deal with the effects of climate change.
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