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Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP 15 and COP/MOP 5)

7-18 December 2009 | Copenhagen, Denmark

UNFCCC COP 15Summary of the Meeting

During the COP/MOP closing plenary, parties decided, inter alia, to extend the mandate of the AWG-KP, requesting it to deliver the results of its work for adoption by COP/MOP 6. The COP agreed to extend the AWG-LCA's mandate and continue its work with a view to presenting the results to COP 16. The COP 15 also adopted a decision taking note of the Copenhagen Accord. The conference came to a close at 3:36 pm on Saturday, 19 December.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon consulting with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley consulting during the closing COP plenary

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Daily web archives: Monday, 7 December * Tuesday, 8 December * Wednesday, 9 December * Thursday, 10 December * Friday, 11 December

Saturday, 12 December * Monday, 14 December * Tuesday, 15 December * Wednesday, 16 December * Thursday, 17 December

 

Saturday, 19 December
Mohammed Nasheed's, President of the Maldives, plea that the Copenhagen accord be adopted is applauded by delegates
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his closing press conference after delegates adopt a decision taking note of the Copenhagen Accord
               
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon consults with his advisors
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer consulting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, COP Vice-President Philip Weech, Bahamas and UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley
                 
Claudia Salerno Caldera, Venezuela, calls for a point of order and says that her country will not adopt the Copenhagen accord
UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate urged that the accord be adotped
                   
Friday, 18 December
US President Barack Obama enters the Bella Center
South African President Jacob Zuma, Chinese Primier Wen Jiabao, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in consultation
   
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, US President Barack Obama Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller, and Israeli President Shimon Peres
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
   

 

Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping speaks to the press
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso
           
Consulting in the corridors where the high-level consultations are being held
USwedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
             

 

Thursday, 17 December
 

On Thursday, the high-level segment continued with statements by Heads of State and heads of delegations. On Thursday morning, the COP and COP/MOP plenaries convened. In the afternoon and late evening, contact group meetings and drafting groups took place under the COP and COP/MOP.

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Consulting during the meeting of the COP contact group, chaired by Connie Hedegaard (center), the COP President's Special Representative
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bilateral with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales
   
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown addresses the conference
One of many signs on booths in the exhibition area of NGOs who were not let in the conference center during the high-level segment
 
Wednesday, 16 December
 

On Wednesday morning, the COP/MOP plenary convened, followed by the opening of the high-level segment. The high-level segment continued into the evening with a number of Heads of State, Heads of Government and Ministers delivering national statements. Under the COP/MOP, contact groups on joint implementation and the CDM also took place in the afternoon and evening. The COP plenary took place in the evening.

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A view of the dais during the high-level segment
     
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen
     
Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar and Jonathan Pershing, US, discussing the LCA text in the early morning hours of Wednesday before the convening of the AWG-LCA plenary
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the Prime Minister of Grenada Tillman Thomas and the Ambassador to the UN from Grenada Dessima Williams
         
Tuesday, 15 December
 

On Tuesday evening, the welcoming ceremony of the high-level segment took place. Late at night, the closing plenaries of the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP convened. Throughout the day, contact groups and informal consultations were held on a range of issues, including potential consequences and other issues under the AWG-KP, long-term cooperative action under the AWG-LCA and the Adaptation Fund Board under the COP/MOP.

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer
       
HRH The Prince of Wales addresses the conference
         
 
Press conference with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and COP President Connie Hedegaard
Sao Paulo Governor Jose Serra, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Premier Gordon Campbell of British Columbia
                   

A YouTube debate hosted by CNN's Becky Anderson with Yvo de Boer, Daryl Hannah, Thomas Friedman and Bjørn Lomborg

         
Monday, 14 December
 

Throughout the day on Monday, contact groups and informal consultations convened on a range of issues, including Annex I emission reductions, potential consequences and other issues under the AWG-KP, technology, finance and a shared vision under the AWG-LCA, and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the COP/MOP.

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Ministers from China, Brazil, India and South Africa going to meet with the COP President for consultations

           
Al Gore flanked by security as he leaves the conference center
180,000 children from 13 countries collected green footprints by using sustainable transport for their daily journeys.
 
UK Climate Minister Ed Miliband speaks with Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
President of the Maldives Mohammed Nasheed
Saturday, 12 December
 

On Saturday morning, the COP and COP/MOP plenaries convened. In the afternoon and evening, the closing plenaries of the SBI and SBSTA took place. Throughout the day, contact groups and informal consultations convened on a range of issues, including mitigation, finance and technology under the AWG-LCA, Annex I emission reductions and other issues under the AWG-KP, and various topics under the COP/MOP, SBSTA and SBI.

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Handover to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and COP President Connie Hedegaard of 17 giant boat sails painted with climate messages and images by organizations participating in the climate march, as Mary Robinson, former UN High Comissioner for Human Rights, and Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo look on.
             
Security was tight around the room where the COP President's high-level consultations were taking place
Long lines to enter into plenary because the hall  had reached capacity
     
 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson participate in a candlelight vigil for a Real Deal in Copenhagen
   

 

     
Ian Fry, Tuvalu, raises a point of order during the COP/MOP plenary
               
Friday, 11 December
 

On Friday, contact groups and informal consultations convened on a range of issues, including a shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology under the AWG-LCA, Annex I emission reductions under the AWG-KP, and various topics under the SBSTA and SBI.

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A view of the dais prior to the convening of the AWG-LCA informal consultations
     
He Yatei, Chinese Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a press conference
Winners of the UNFCCC CDM Photo and Video Contest 2009 presented by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer
   

 

       
NGOs press delegates for a good deal on REDD as they enter the negotiating room
 
   

 

         
Thursday, 10 December
 

On Thursday, 10 December, the COP/MOP considered compliance, Kazakhstan’s proposal to amend Protocol Annex B and proposals by parties to amend the Protocol. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations convened on a range of issues, including a shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology under the AWG-LCA, Annex I emission reductions and other issues under the AWG-KP, and various topics under the SBSTA and SBI.

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Youth call for science-based targets and 350 ppm
       
Intergenerational Inquiry on Climate Solutions calls Yvo de Boer, youth and nogotiators to testify on Youth Day at the UN Climate Conference
         
Lumumba Stanislaus-Kaw Di-Aping, Sudanese Ambassador to the UN in New York and Chair of the G-77/China, and Bernarditas Muller, lead G-77/China negotiator under the AWG-LCA, during a press conference
           
Wednesday, 9 December
 

On Wednesday, 9 December, the COP/MOP considered compliance, Kazakhstan’s proposal to amend Protocol Annex B and proposals by parties to amend the Protocol. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations convened on a range of issues, including a shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology under the AWG-LCA, Annex I emission reductions and other issues under the AWG-KP, and various topics under the SBSTA and SBI.

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NGOs express their solidarity with small island states and Tuvalu and its proposal for a new Protocol to complement the Kyoto Protocol
                 
Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for Climate Change, arrives in Copenhagen and holds a press briefing
Avaaz invited participants to call European leaders for a real deal in Copenhagen. A call center was set up with phone and laptops with free Skype credit.
   

 

           
Delegates in the atrium of the conference center
Checking the daily programme
   

 

             
Tuesday, 8 December
   

On Tuesday, opening plenaries of the SBI and SBSTA took place. Various contact groups and informal consultations also convened to consider issues, including long-term cooperative action, a shared vision, finance, mitigation and technology under the AWG-LCA, Annex I emission reductions, other issues and potential consequences under the AWG-KP and REDD under the SBSTA.

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Globe in the US Center, where various events and presentations are being held throughout the day
   

 

       
Christina Ora (left), a high school student from the Solomon Islands, addressed the AWG-LCA plenary on Monday, 7 December
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai speaking at the iseeT@COP 15 TelePresence booth
   

 

               
Monday, 7 December
   

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference opened on Monday morning with a welcoming ceremony. This was followed by the opening plenaries of COP 15, COP/MOP 5, AWG-LCA 8 and AWG-KP 10.

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Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen
       
Connie Hedegaard, COP 15 President
Vote earth gates: Two inflatable gates that delegates were able to walk through, making the choice between global warming and climate protection
   

 

         
VIP room with Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen
IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
   

 

                   
Tck tck delivered a petition to COP President Connie Hedegaard and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, which was signed by more than 10,000,000 people, calling for a fair, ambitious and binding deal in Copenhagen
         
IISD Reporting Services team at COP15. L-R: Asheline Appleton (Kenya); Anna Schulz (US); Kimo Goree, Director, IISD Reporting Services; Tomi Akanle (Nigeria); Kati Kulovesi (Finland); Leila Mead (US); Yulia Yamineva (Russian Federation); and Matt Sommerville (US).
       
 
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