COP15 - Copenhagen Archives
Daily Reports from Brahma Kumaris Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark took place 7th -19th December 2009. It included the fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the fifth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 5).
For a detailed summary of negotiations, see: www.iisd.ca/vol12/enb12459e.html
The Brahma Kumaris international delegation was headed by Sister Jayanti, European Director, Brahma Kumaris and its NGO Representative to the United Nations, Geneva.
The team comprised: Arnold Bekees, Holland; Golo Pilz, (solar energy consultant) Germany/Madhuban; Julia Grindon-Welch, ( UN Office) New York; Patricia Itergurri ; Piero Musini, (Natural Farming/ Yogic Agriculture) Gubbio, Italy; Renaud Russeil, France; Sonja Ohlsson, (Green Team Coordinator) Copenhagen, Denmark; Valeriane Bernard, (UN Rep.) Geneva, Switzerland; Winnie Nielsen, Denmark.
Wednesday 16th December 2009
Sister Jayanti departed from Copenhagen after breakfast, and there were many fond farewells. It had been such a special time for all, spending 10 days together, and everyone was so appreciative of Sister Jayanti's presence.
Because of the planned demonstrations to enter the Bella Center by force, our delegation decided not to go the Bella Center today, but instead to focus on our events and stand at the Klimaform.
Thursday 17th December 2009
We woke up on Thursday to a snow covered Copenhagen. Julia and Piero set off early in the hopes of getting into the Bella Center, where over 100 Heads of State would be meeting that day. Battling freezing cold winds, they arrived with about 20 others only to find that the numbers of NGOs allowed to enter the Bella Center had been reduced from 1,000 to 300, and that if you were not on a special list –with a green access card – you were not going to get in! We had our registration badges, and our secondary white pass, but now we needed a third green pass! We were not on the list. We left the Bella Center to catch a metro train back to the BK center. An arriving train was packed with other NGOs also hoping to beat the crowds to get in . . . Most of them would be disappointed.
Friday 18th December 2009
The Last Word
This is the final report from the BK COP15 delegation and we just want to mention a couple of additional things:
• Today Viggo, one of the BKs from another part of Denmark was on the way to work and was listening to the Radio and heard Sonja's interview on Radio Denmark.
• Anna Mogensen from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the BK center today. She has a focus on youth and children and they wanted their voices to be heard. She was interested in our visions and principles for their future work in Climate Change. She had seen our stand at the Bella Center, and had collected the material but had never seen anyone – Sonja explained this was because for the last two days we had not been able to get into the Bella Center due to the restrictions on the numbers of NGOs allowed in! Anna is coming to interview Sonja at the Center on Tuesday.
• Piero gave a phone interview with Lifegate Radio which broadcasts in Milano and Rome about what a spiritual organization like the Brahma Kumaris has to do with COP15. It was a chance let people know the importance of a change in consciousness, starting with thought, to bring a change in the environment.