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COP17 Daily: Friday December 9

09 December 2011
COP17 Daily: Friday December 9

All week Damian Ryan, Senior Policy Manager, The Climate Group is providing a daily round-up of the news from the second week of COP17 in Durban, as well as analysis and live tweeting.

Friday, December 9.

As expected the final day of COP17 looks set to go into the early hours of Saturday morning – or indeed longer.

The day so far has been seen little information emerge from the ministerial meetings, although rumours reported in the press suggest that a deal is close. Talking to negotiators and observers on the ground, however, there appears to be far less certainty about the shape of a Durban outcome.

The highlight so far has been a loud, long and possibly illegal protest by climate justice advocates outside the main plenary hall of the conference centre.  Calling for ‘Africa to Stand’ the activitists have been ringed in by UN security staff to stop interrupting negotiators.

While the group has entertained other delegates and observers with tuneful renditions of local Zulu songs, ministers are unlikely to be swayed far from their carefully crafted national negotiating mandates.

For everyone else it is a waiting game.

With luck final(ish) texts will be released in the early evening. In the meantime rumours and the occasional press briefing provide a drip feed of information.

I'll be live-tweeting as news unfolds tonight. 

Further reading

Damian Ryan, Senior Policy Manager, The Climate Group, is writing news and analysis throughout COP17, and providing a more in-depth post-COP Briefing after the events. Keep up to date from daily round-ups on our website and by following him on Twitter during COP17.

Our international policy teams are have also commented on key regional positions in the lead-up to Durban; read about AustraliaChina,EuropeIndia and the US.

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