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Vol 51 No 9

Published 30th April 2010

Key points from Copenhagen

At the United Nations’ climate change summit in Copenhagen in December 2009, African governments won a victory by stopping attempts by the West to kill off the Kyoto Protocol, agreed in 1997. Under the Kyoto deal, the richer countries are legally obliged to cut their emissions. The concession followed a standoff, culminating in a five-hour walkout, led by the African states. Sudan’s Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, Chief Negotiator for the G-77 group of 132 less industrialised countries, which Khartoum currently heads, said: ‘We won because Africa and other countries stood up’.

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