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Last updated at 16:46 GMT, Monday, 07 December 2009

Copenhagen summit opens


7 December 2009

Two weeks of talks aimed at agreeing a new deal on climate change have begun in Copenhagen amid hopes that delegates will be able to reach a deal.

Roger Harrabin:

Mayor of Copenhagen Ritt Bjerregrad speaking at the opening ceremony


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The conference opened to applause forty minutes late. It began with an environmental film from Danish children, a message from the next generation for those delegates whose decisions here over the next fortnight may help shape the lives they lead.

34,000 people have tried to get accredited for this extraordinary meeting - an unprecedented demand.

Hopes are high here that a deal can be done to lower emissions and raise cash to help poor countries adapt to climate change and obtain clean energy. The question is whether that agreement will be strong enough to meet the expectations of those children of the future.

Roger Harrabin, BBC News, Copenhagen


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an environmental film

a film highlighting dangers to nature

a message

here, something important that you want others to understand

shape the lives they lead

help decide the way they live

to get accredited

to ensure they are allowed to attend


very different from others


like never before

hopes are high

many people hope (if you have high hopes for something, you have good reasons to believe it will happen although you cannot be certain)

to lower emissions

to reduce the amount of harmful gases produced by polluting factories, cars etc.

obtain clean energy

have sources of power that don't harm the atmosphere

to meet the expectations

if something meets your expectations, it gives you what you want and demand

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