Something rotten in Denmark

The leaked 'Danish paper' appears to be creating more of a storm ouside Copenhagen than it is doing here at the UNFCCC negotiations. There are some 5000 members of the press here and they have to find someting to write about.

According to old hands here this paper is very much 'business as usual' at these meetings and the leaked document has in fact been around for a long time and has been used at meetings such as the recent APEC meeting.

The main aim of such texts is to try and give some structure so that ministers can focus on issues for the final outcome. At the same time they provide 'hooks' for those items that have been discussed in the UNFCCC for the past two years enabling these to form part of the final legal document that will, hopefully, be agreed in 2010.

For an official UN view see the link on the UNFCCC website where UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer comments:

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