The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol which is to be held from Nov 28 to Dec. 9 in Durban, South Africa is now on its second day.

More than 20 000 people including the South African president H.E Jacob Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, CNN founder Ted Turner, billionaire businessman Richard Branson are attending and expected to attend this conference. Many celebrities who have been much involved in the climate change effect reduction efforts such as  Angelina Jolie, U2’s Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc. will also attend this conference.  They will join actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former US vice-president Al Gore, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and a number of heads of states.

Some Climate Change activists are worried that Durban may become  the burial ground for the Kyoto Protocol should the negotiation fails while some positively believe Durban will deliver a rewarding result.

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By Piseth, from Durban, South Africa.

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