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COP15 opening session: Let's get it done

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Denmark's Minister for the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen 2009 Connie Hedegaard opened the COP15 conference on 7th December 2009 with "Let´s get it done! This is the time to deliver! THIS is the place to commit. And yes there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able."
Her speech included also the following words: "For a long time, Copenhagen was the name of a distant deadline. Next year, next COP, next month… But now it is now! Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Danish capital! After 'B' for Bonn, Bangkok, and Barcelona the turn has come to 'C'. C for Copenhagen. But also C for Constructiveness, C for Cooperation, and hopefully in the end C for Commitment and Consensus!
In short: let's get it done! This is the time to deliver! THIS is the place to commit. And yes there are still many obstacles. But it is up to us to overcome them. And it is do-able.
I base my confidence on the daily contacts with Ministers representing every group and every continent and I appreciate the trust and overwhelming support Ministers and governments have granted to me, to the secretariat and to the Chairs.
And make no mistake: Denmark is committed to maximum progress in the two tracks – the Convention track and the Kyoto Protocol and to ensure successful and ambitious outcomes! TO GET IT DONE! The science has never been clearer. The solutions have never been more abundant. Political will has never been stronger. And let me warn you: Political will will never be stronger. This is our chance. If we miss it, it could take years before we got a new and better one. If ever."
For the whole speech click here.

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