Copenhagen Climate Summit - The "Hoping to Get In" Summit
After two consecutive days and over 14 ours of standing in the cold with thousands of members of the international press, delegates and NGO participants I was finally able to get through security and thaw enough to write a few words before heading into the content maelstrom that is COP15.
The official apology issued today:
The UN regrets the long delays today for people wishing to gain access or pick up accreditation at the Bella Centre, the venue for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and is doing all it can to alleviate further delays. Over 45,000 people have applied to attend the conference, three times more than its capacity. An overwhelming number of those who applied arrived on Monday, causing congestion in the area outside the UN venue, which is under the control of the Danish police, and also long delays inside the UN area of control at accreditation counters. The UN accredited a total of around 3,500 new delegates today.