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

The International Institute for Environment and Development 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.

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.

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