News, 7 July 2010

The Climate Game and the World’s Poor: Documentary film from inside the COP15 climate-change summit

IIED is proud to make available an international edition of the documentary The Climate Game and the World’s Poor, which shows what happened when 193 governments tried – and failed – to agree a global deal to tackle climate change.

IIED is making this film available at no cost to television stations in any of the UN lists of Least Developed Countries or Small Island Developing States, as well as Bolivia, Kenya and Vietnam (see below for details of how to get a DVD).

The film provides a revealing insight into the way international diplomacy can become an intricate game played by competing nations, a game that for millions of the world's poorest people is really a question of life and death.

It follows delegates from some of the countries that are most vulnerable to climate change during the COP15 climate-change negotiations that took place in December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

As the world's attention focused on Copenhagen and COP15's potential to limit the threat of climate change, the mood among the thousands of delegates inside the conference centre soon began to sour.

Featuring interviews with senior negotiators and other climate-change experts, the documentary tells the story of what happened when the critical talks began to unravel thanks to leaked texts, broken trust, blocking tactics and secret meetings that excluded many nations.

The film features an ongoing commentary on the state of the negotiations from Dr Saleemul Huq, senior fellow in IIED's climate change group, and reactions from journalists from Africa, Asia and Latin America who were at COP15 with the Climate Change Media Partnership, which IIED runs with Panos and Internews.

The documentary was directed and filmed by Jesper Heldgaard and Bo Illum Jorgensen, and produced and edited by Anders Dencker Christensen.

TV stations in any of the UN lists of Least Developed Countries or Small Island Developing States, as well as Bolivia, Kenya and Vietnam, can broadcast the film in English, or translate it into a local language for free.

For international versions to be broadcast in other countries, please contact Dansk AV Produktion (www.davp.dk) to agree on terms, price and conditions.

The documentary can also be used rights-free for non-commercial purposes (e.g. educational purposes, by NGOs, etc.) anywhere in the world.

To request a free copy of this high quality documentary, email: mike.shanahan@iied.org

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Mike Shanahan
Press officer
International Institute for Environment and Development
3 Endsleigh Street
London WC1H 0DD
Tel: 44 (0) 207 388 2117
Fax: 44 (0) 207 388 2826
Email: mike.shanahan@iied.org
www.iied.org

Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).

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