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Diplomats, Speak Up!

December 5, 2008

I’m currently blogging from an informal contact group of the AWG-LCA on Shared Vision. The reason why I’m blogging and not paying attention is not because the discussions are boring, but because the acoustic in the room is of such a low standard that one wonders whether there could be better planning by the UNFCCC secretariat. It doesn’t help that English’s not everyone’s first language, and different accents makes understanding what the different delegates are saying extremely difficult and sometimes impossible due to the bad acoustics. Besides, the distinguished delegate of USA, perhaps not very sure of USA’s position due to the complex transition of power, was stammering and showed an extreme lack of confidence by not speaking into the microphone, making deciphering what he’s saying as hard as breaking a cipher. Besides, delegates merely articulate what their countries’ positions are, making dialogues virtually non-existent. Discussions were not built upon the previous point made. No wonder it’s so hard to come to a consensus and make progress on negotiations.

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