The UN isn’t known for its wise spending. Previous summits have discussed how to end world hunger over foie gras and lobster, the hypocrisy seeming to pass heads of state by. Fortunately, Ban-Ki Moon has decided to come down hard on world leaders this time around, to try and impress some sense of urgency on them as the Copenhagen talks approach.
So, no entourages will be allowed at tomorrow’s gathering. Leaders can have just one aide, with the expectation that it’ll be the environment minister. Delegates from rich countries are paired up with poor countries in the discussions, so there can be no schmoozing and favouritism. At dinner, the worst polluters have been assigned tables with the countries worst affected, and they will hear from activists and campaigners.
All good ideas I reckon, to knock some sense of perspective into our heads of state. I just hope they still turn up.