UN Climate Change Conference, Bali Indonesia

Good morning, Earth exhibited at 2007 UN Climate Change Conference in Bali Indonesia through United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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The short film Good morning, Earth, directed by Gerald Betita and edited by Graham Thompson, was exhibited at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali Indonesia through the auspices of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on December 3-14, 2007.

The 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference took place at the Bali International Conference Centre, Nusa Dua, in Bali, Indonesia, between December 3 and December 15, 2007. Representatives from over 180 countries attended, together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. The conference encompassed meetings of several bodies, including the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 13), the 3rd Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP 3 or CMP 3), together with other subsidiary bodies and a meeting of ministers.

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A Still Image from Good Morning, Earth

Negotiations on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol dominated the conference. A meeting of environment ministers and experts held in June called on the conference to agree on a road-map, timetable and ‘concrete steps for the negotiations’ with a view to reaching an agreement by 2009. It has been debated whether this global meeting on climate change has achieved anything significant at all.

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Director Gerald Betita (right) in San Antonio Texas

Initial EU proposals called for global emissions to peak in 10 to 15 years and decline “well below half” of the 2000 level by 2050 for developing countries and for developed countries to achieve emissions levels 20-40% below 1990 levels by 2020. The United States strongly opposed these numbers, at times backed by Japan, Canada, Australia and Russia. The resulting compromise mandates “deep cuts in global emissions” with references to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report.

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