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Copenhagen Accord by a Landslide: 188-5

Frances Beinecke, President, NRDC, New York City
Posted on Monday 21st December 2009

The Copenhagen Accord was adopted Saturday by a margin of 188-5.

Nearly every nation in the world embraced the agreement, signaling support by "taking note" of it. In the parlance of U.N. consensus process, to "take note" means to agree to or accept, U.N. Assistant Secretary-Gen. Robert Orr explained in a Saturday press conference.

"It has the same effect," said Orr.

So, agreeing to the Copenhagen Accord were countries like the United States, China, India, Brazil, France, Britain, Japan, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and nearly 180 others.

Opposed were: Sudan, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

Sounds like consensus to me.

* * * This post originally appeared on NRDC's Switchboard.

Frances Beinecke is the president of The Natural Resources Defense Council. She started with NRDC in 1973 with a background in environmental studies and did extensive work to preserve forests. Eventually, she became executive director and then president in 2006. NRDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment, people and animals. NRDC was founded in 1970 and is comprised of more than 300 lawyers, scientists and policy experts, with more than one million members and e-activists.

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