Friday, December 25, 2009

Copenhagen unveils the new world order
December 21, 2009

COPENHAGEN - One hundred and twenty people are invited to a meeting. Thirty of them sit down and talk. Just two of them take the key decision. Welcome to the new world order, where the United States and China conduct the choir, a clutch of old and rising powers sing the key solos, and the rest of the world joins in the chorus.

The summit was billed in advance as the greatest diplomatic show on Earth, with over 120 national leaders, thousands of delegates and no less a mission than to stop the planet overheating.

"At this very moment, millions of people across the world are following closely what is happening in Copenhagen," said Chinese premier Wen Jiabao on Friday morning.

US President Barack Obama agreed, saying, "Everyone who is in this room will be part of an historic endeavour, one that makes life better for our children and grandchildren" if the nations of the world could agree a deal on fighting overwhelming climate change.