COP Live Day 1 update #2
We have now generated a transcript from the livestream video of the opening session – LINK to ‘COP10 opening session transcription’. Please note that it is unedited and might contain errors. The video itself is still accessible on the COP10 homepage – look for ‘Live streaming’.
Statements made by some of the Parties yesterday – EU, China, New Zealand, the Philippines, the UK (disappointing!) – are especially interesting to read. Those statements appear towards the end, so scroll down.
COP business resumes today with this general debate, starting at 10 a.m. :
(taken from the annotated agenda)
Also see Journal 2 for today’s COP10 business:
Keep a watch on the ‘Live streaming’ section on the COP10 homepage, in case there is more streaming today.
Also now underway in Panama: Segundo Foro Latinoamericano Nicotina y Reducción de Riesgo (Second Latin American Nicotine and Risk Reduction Forum)
Also, TPA’s summary of the first day of their Good COP event: is now out:
And, Tobaccoharmreduction net will be putting out daily updates during COP week:
DAY 1 UPDATE #1
Welcome to COP Live, where Copwatch will be reporting on FCTC COP10 – AKA The Bloomberg Convention on Tobacco Control
We’ll begin with a reminder that the decision makers at COP are the national governments – not the FCTC Secretariat, not the Bureau, not the NGOs, not the journalists.
However, you could be forgiven for forgetting that – so far COP10 is a Bloomberg fest.
Here’s some of what we observed of COP10 on Day 1, from our position firmly outside the tent.
The five hour delay
The opening session in Panama was to be livestreamed, from 10.00am ET. However, without any official explanation, the livestream didn’t start until 5 ½ hours later.
Why so late? We can only guess that the exclusion from COP of democratically elected congressmen from Brazil, and the involvement of the Brazilian ambassador, had something to do with it. We imagine that Panama would not welcome a diplomatic incident with Brazil.
For more on that see this article from https://olajornal.com.br/:
“The expectation is to return the accreditation by the end of the day. A meeting on the evening of this Monday, 5th, between state deputies Marcus Vinícius de Almeida (PP), Edivilson Brum (MDB), Zé Nunes (PT) and Silvana Covatti (PP) and ambassador Carlos Henrique Moojen de Abreu e Silva seeks to detail the demands and the search for participation in COP10.”
(Google translate, from here)
The delay in the livestreaming even confused people inside, with the director of Expose Tobacco retweeting Copwatch (Expose Tobacco does not like Copwatch!).
The official proceedings
We will bring you more on the opening session in a later update.
The video for the livestream is still up, on the COP10 homepage – look for ‘live stream’ towards the bottom. We are watching it now – the statements from national delegations are likely to be the most interesting part of the proceedings.
The Secretariat put out this press release, when COP finally opened:
The updated participants list for COP had been published much earlier:
As was the Journal for Day 1:
The Bloomberg Convention on Tobacco Control
Copwatch had already sounded the alarm that a significant proportion of the accredited Observers are Bloomberg funded NGOs.
It is even worse than we thought.
There’s a Bloomberg Stasi detail:
Bloomberg is supplying astroturf too:
And, of course, the expected propaganda:
The GATC (formerly FCA) is putting out daily propaganda bulletins. So far we haven’t seen anything which could be classed as ‘news’.
The Conference of the People
In contrast to #COP10, the TPA’s #GoodCOP event did start on time. You can catch up on the excellent discussions on the TPA’s YouTube channel and the RegWatch channel. Skip Murray’s excellent Twitter thread is worth looking at too.
Keep an eye on the #GoodCOP page for the agenda for their discussions later today:
That’s all for now. We’ll finish with our short message to delegates:
Delegates – you are representing your countries. You are the decision makers at COP. We trust you to look behind the propaganda. We trust you to read the official documents, not just what the official NGOs are saying. We trust you to do the right thing for people who smoke and who need access to safer nicotine products to improve their health.