Bali Diary

Nearing the endgame

Phil Woolas with French Environment Secretary, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

Phil Woolas, 8.30am (12.30 am UK time). Serious business yesterday evening which went on to the early hours. I managed to get some sleep but Hilary Benn has been up all night. The constituency casework doesn’t go away either. It’s so odd to be on the phone to their office at 1am in the morning.

I spoke last night with the head of the IPCC, Rajendra Pachauri, after his chilling and precise presentation including his fears for the loss of snow and ice frm the Himalaya which will cause drought and flooding in sub-Asia. We talked about the sad but inevitable allegations of politicisation of the IPCC by the media and political parties (especially in election time) in the coming years and how we can maintain their integrity.

Anyway, when I woke up, Al Gore was on the TV calling on the US to sign up. I’d tried to get in to hear him but got crushed in the press pack.

Overall it is now very tense indeed. It is truly amazing that people and delegations remain cordial under such intense pressure. We had a UK delegation ‘huddle’ first thing this morning where Hilary bought us up to date and we discussed tactics. Nearing the end game. The form of the goal is to get a wording that is consensual while remaining meaningful and ambitious.

Hilary is going back ot the talks now. I’m off to have more bilaterals and then hosting a lunch about the Environmental Transformation Fund. This is the GBP 800m that Gordon Brown announced last year to help developing countries access clean energy and adapt to climate change and supporting reduced emissions from deforestation etc.

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