What happened at Cancun

On the night of December 10, 2010 Patricia Espinosa shed a tear and received a standing ovation. The foreign secretary of Mexico and president of the 16th Conference of Parties (CoP) on Climate Change held in Cancun had just read out her speech urging all negotiating parties to accept a draft agreement anchored by her country. Mexico had managed the impossible. It had got all countries — except Bolivia — to agree on a draft very similar to the Copenhagen Accord.

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