Copenhagen

Connie Hedegaard, Denmark's 'Ms Climate'

Connie Hedegaard, Denmark's 'Ms Climate'Copenhagen, Dec 7 : The first decision taken by the UN climate change conference after it opened Monday was to formalise the appointment of Connie Hedegaard of Denmark as its president.

On accepting the vote, Hedegaard urged delegates not to waste any time, saying "this is the place to commit".

"This is our chance. If we miss it, it could take years before we get a new and better one. If ever," she added.

Fiji student moves Copenhagen climate summit with appeal

Fiji student moves Copenhagen climate summit with appealCopenhagen, Dec 7 : A young girl from the Fiji Islands moved participants at a climate change conference in Copenhagen Monday with a heartfelt appeal for her country to be saved from global warming and rising sea levels.

"Fifty years from now, my children will be raising their own families. It is my hope that they will still be able to call our beautiful islands home," said Leah Wickham, a
24-year-old student at the University of the South Pacific.

Organisers struggle as world gathers for climate summit

Organisers struggle as world gathers for climate summitCopenhagen, Dec 7 : The sheer weight of numbers -- 15,000 delegates from 192 governments, NGOs and media -- threatened to overwhelm the organisers as the UN climate summit opened here Monday.

The 15th summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) saw serpentine queues at all entry points right from the eve of the summit opening.

Matters were not helped by a bomb scare at the main entrance of Bella Centre Sunday afternoon when hundreds of delegates were in the queues to get their conference badges.

Pachauri takes on climate change sceptics

Pachauri takes on climate change sceptics Copenhagen, Dec 7 : The recent leak by climate sceptics of a partial exchange of e-mails between scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has become serious enough for IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to take on the issue at the inauguration of the UN summit here Monday.

The small minority that says climate change is not something to worry about had recently leaked parts of an e-mail sent by a University of East Anglia scientist suggesting that climate change effects should be exaggerated.

Key UN climate change summit opens

Key UN climate change summit opens  Copenhagen, Dec 7 : A UN conference aimed at halting global warming attended by representatives from nearly 200 countries officially opened here Monday.

The 12-day conference in the Danish capital aims to keep climate change in check through huge emission cuts by the world's richest nations and massive aid to the world's poorest.

It has been described by organisers as "the biggest show on earth today".(DPA)

UNEP to support Indian stand on forestry

UNEP to support Indian stand on forestryCopenhagen, Dec 7 : The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will give full support to India's stand that developing countries must be paid for increasing area under forests, according to Pavan Sukhdev, the head of UNEP's special team on calculating the value of forests.

"If countries can be paid for reducing deforestation, they must be paid for adding to the area under forests," Sukhdev told IANS in an interview.

Call for action at key UN climate change summit

Lars Lokke RasmussenCopenhagen, Dec 7 : Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen was to kick-start a mammoth UN conference in Copenhagen Monday aimed at halting global warming.

The conference's opening ceremony was preceded by a joint leader article, published by 56 newspapers in 45 countries, calling on world leaders to place "decisive action" ahead of mutual recrimination.

Without action, "climate change will ravage our planet, and, with it, our prosperity and security", the article said, citing record warm years, the melting Arctic ice cap "and last year's inflamed oil and food prices".

UN official spells out actions to be agreed upon in Copenhagen

UN official spells out actions to be agreed upon in CopenhagenCopenhagen, Dec 7 - The UN's top climate change official has outlined actions for governments to agree upon during the Copenhagen climate change conference that opens here Monday, saying negotiators now have the clearest signal ever from world leaders to craft solid proposals to implement rapid action.

Environment ministers prepare for UN climate change summit

Copenhagen  - Some 40 environment ministers gathered Monday in Copenhagen for preparatory talks ahead of the UN climate change conference that opens next month in the Danish capital.

Ministers from key emitting countries including the United States, China and India as well as African countries and low-lying island nations threatened by global warming and rising sea levels were among those present.

"When all countries of the world send ministers at such a high level, it indicates a real will to work for a climate deal in Copenhagen," Danish Climate and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard said.

Hedegaard said the two-day closed door session offered a chance to focus on the "tough issues."

Denmark invites 192 state, government heads to UN climate talks

Denmark invites 192 state, government heads to UN climate talks Copenhagen  - Denmark has invited 192 heads of state and government to the United Nations climate-change talks it will host next month in Copenhagen, reports said Thursday.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen had instructed Danish embassies to issue the invitations, Danish news agency Ritzau reported.

The UN summit runs December 7-18, and according to Ritzau the heads of state and government were invited for the concluding days of December 17-18.

Denmark's Moller-Maersk posts nine-month loss

Denmark's Moller-Maersk posts nine-month loss Copenhagen  - Danish shipping and oil giant Moller-Maersk on Thursday posted a net loss for the first nine months 2009, blaming lower oil and freight prices.

Turnover, measured in dollars, declined by 25 per cent year-on- year to 35 billion dollars while the conglomerate reported a net loss of 706 million dollars for the January-September period.

In the corresponding business period 2008, the group posted a profit of 3.6 billion dollars.

Danish student reported arrested during protests in Iran

Danish student reported arrested during protests in IranCopenhagen  - A Danish student has been arrested in Iran during protests earlier this week, the Danish Union of Journalists said Friday.

The Danish journalist union said the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) had helped trace Niels Krogsgard.

Krogsgard, a student at the University of Southern Denmark, went missing Wednesday. A fellow Danish student alerted the Danish embassy in Tehran when Krogsgard did not turn up to a meeting.

The two students were in Iran to write an essay on Iranian politics.

Danish soldiers call for Afghan exit strategy

Danish soldiers call for Afghan exit strategyCopenhagen  - Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller said on Wednesday there is no need to discuss an exit strategy for Danish forces serving in Afghanistan.

Moller was reacting to calls by several Danish officers quoted in the daily Jyllands-Posten as expressing doubts about the mission.

"The main problem for me is when I am asked to convince others that the mission is good and when I try to mention some successes in Afghanistan, I cannot," Sergeant Jesper K Hansen told the daily.

Denmark repatriates 12 Iraqi asylum seekers

Denmark repatriates 12 Iraqi asylum seekersCopenhagen  - Danish authorities early Wednesday repatriated 12 Iraqi men whose applications for asylum have been rejected.

Some 200 protesters tried overnight to block the entrance to a prison in northern Zealand where the men were being held before they were taken to an airport in Roskilde, near Copenhagen.

Their lawyer said the plane was bound for Baghdad.

In May, Denmark and Iraq signed an agreement over the repatriation of some 240 Iraqis. Criticism has been voiced against the deal as some of the failed asylum seekers have lived for years in Denmark.

Brewer Carlsberg posts 329m dollar third-quarter profits

Brewer Carlsberg posts 329m dollar third-quarter profits Copenhagen - Danish brewer Carlsberg Wednesday reported a higher third-quarter net profit despite lower turnover, pointing out that its market shares increased in Asia.

The quarter's net profit of 1.67 billion kroner (329 million dollars), compared to 1.4 billion kroner for the corresponding business period in 2008.

Turnover in the quarter declined from 18.4 billion kroner to 16.4 billion kroner year-on-year.

In Asia third-quarter beer sales were up over 14 per cent with strong demand in China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Parcel triggers scare at Danish cartoonist's home

Parcel triggers scare at Danish cartoonist's home Copenhagen - A Danish newspaper cartoonist who was a central figure in the Prophet Mohammed cartoon controversy was Friday whisked from his home after a suspicious parcel was found on the doorstep.

Bomb experts were dispatched to Kurt Westergaard's home in Arhus, eastern Jutland. Several nearby houses were also evacauted as a precaution, police said.

A romantic Christmas in Copenhagen

Copenhagen - The 19th century Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen once described Christmas time in his country as "magnificent, incomparably magnificent." A visit to Copenhagen in the run-up to Christmas is proof that this has not changed with the city looking its most festive.

An enormous decorated Christmas tree stands in front of the mayor's house and half a million Christmas lights can be found blinking in Tivoli park which hosts the biggest Christmas market in Scandinavia from November 20 to December 30. Stall owners sell everything from Christmas gift ideas to homemade wooden items.

Danish association wants fan who stormed Euro qualifier to pay

Danish association wants fan who stormed Euro qualifier to payCopenhagen  - The Danish football association (DBU) Wednesday demanded 381,000 dollars in damages from a man who stormed onto the pitch forcing the referee to abandon a Euro
2008 qualifier between Denmark and Sweden in June 2007.

DBU cited the economic loss it suffered over the incident, including a fine to European football's ruling body UEFA.

UEFA also banned Denmark from playing two Euro 2008 qualifiers at the national arena in Copenhagen.

Danish director Lars von Trier wins Nordic Council Film Prize

Lars von Trier Copenhagen  - Danish director Lars von Trier was Wednesday named winner of the 2009 Nordic Council Film Prize, worth 350,000 kroner (70,000 dollars).

Von Trier and producer Meta Louise Foldager were awarded for the movie Antichrist, "a wild, visually beautiful and shockingly violent film about sorrow, rage and guilt," the jury said.

The film premiered at the Cannes film festival in May, and generated a heated debate. Charlotte Gainsbourg won a best actress award at Cannes for her portrayal of a woman losing her mind.

Danish queen has no plans to abdicate, palace says

MargretheCopenhagen - Danish Queen Margrethe has no plans to abdicate and retire next year to her private estate in France, the palace said Tuesday.

Author John Lindskog has suggested in a new book that the queen would abdicate next year when she turns 70 and let her eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, succeed her.

The popular monarch has ruled since 1972.

"This has no bearing," palace spokeswoman Lene Balleby told Danish news agency Ritzau.

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