As the negotiators begin to battle into the early morning hours, we thought we’d highlight some of the nicest negotiators we have met here in Doha
Say what you like about Australia’s policies, we’ve got one great negotiator in Gregory Andrews. Not only is he a nice guy who proved himself this year facilitating the discussions on long term finance, he’s also an avid defender of social justice back home in Australia. Oh, and in case you’re wondering how he’s been able to keep his cool here in Doha, it’s because he used to live in red-centre of Australia’s desert, not so far from where I used to call home. No wonder he’s such a nice guy.
Claudia Salerno (Venezuela)
Table topping, heart-stopping, hotter-than-a-Jalapeño Claudia only arrived in Doha this week, but already sparks are starting to fly. On her first morning here, it was Singapore’s Burhan Gahfoor who commented that “it’s good to see Claudia here, because now you know things are going to get serious”. As the great hope for all of us sick and tired of the Business As Usual approach to interventions, lets just hope that Durban’s passion hasn’t run out just yet.
Rene Orellana (Bolivia)
This man has been a stalwart against the harmful effects of markets in the UNFCCC and can always be depended upon to remind developed countries just how big the giggatonne gap is between their (lack of) ambition and science. But what sets this guy apart, is his zen-like demeanor. With a healthy shot of passion, a pound of patriotism and a pinch meditative peace, Rene is sure make an impact whenever he intervenes.
Paul Watkinson (EU but also wears a French hat from time to time) When this man isn’t actively finding a compromise, he’s pretty keen to tweet. And generally, he’s just a pretty approachable guy (whether online or live). So while the EU might be getting a bit of criticism here, you can bet this guy is fighting behind the scenes fighting for all of us.
Madeleine Rose Diouf Sarr (Senegal) As the KP talks have prolonged well past peak negotiating periods, Madam Madeleine has been the one divine dividing line, keeping the lions from tearing each other apart. Not only has she been ever persistent in pushing these discussions through the mud of polarized parties, but as I realized late last night, in the midst of unanimous madness, Madam Madeline has remained true to her magnanimous grace.
Tulio Andrade (Brazil) According to the recommendations from female negotiators here in COP18, Tulio is this year’s hottest ticket and unofficial Mr. Doha. So much so, many negotiators seem caught somewhere between a swoon and a sigh whenever Tullio takes the mic. The unofficial “knight in shining armani”. But its his cause to compromise, not only in his content but in his calming tone that has impressed me most, and could well act as a model for many others here to follow…
Franz Perrez (Switzerland) When you’re looking to inject some urgency into the negotiations, this guy puts his foot to the floor all day every day. Don’t rely on him for kind offers of Swiss compassion, this ticking time bomb emits more radiative forces than the sun and is the ultimate accountability measure here at the talks. For all those countries unwilling to up their ambition in the next few days, watch out, because Franz will hunt you down!
Jonathan Pershing (USA) …just kidding
About the authorChris Wright
Climate researcher, political ecologist, activist and an award-winning slam poet from Australia.