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COP 17 in Durban

The United Nations Climate Change Conference started today in Durban with representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society. The discussions over 12 days follow the task of determining the future of the Kyoto Protocol and pushing ahead with aid for poor, vulnerable countries. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathers 194 countries under a process launched under the 1992 Rio Summit.

Topping the agenda is the fate of the Kyoto Protocol, the only global pact that sets targets for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, whose current roster of pledges expires at the end of 2012. The conference must also push ahead with a "Green Climate Fund" that would channel up to 100 billion dollars a year by 2020 to countries most exposed to drought, flood, storms and rising seas, which scientists predict will worsen this century.

At a rally in Durban, Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu branded climate change a “huge, huge enemy” that threatened the common home of humanity, imperilling rich and poor alike. “No one, no country can fight that enemy on his own, an enemy called global warming and climate change,” he said. “We have only one home. This is the only home we have. And whether you are rich or poor, this is your only home; you are members of one family, the human race.”



-    Climate Refugees (2010) by Michael P. Nash

Cinema for Peace Film Selection

This film is about what happens when an over populated world with lack of resources and a changing climate all collide with each other.

-   Home (2009) by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Nominated for the International Green Film Award 2010 at the Cinema for Peace Gala

With aerial footage from 54 countries, Home is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked.

-    The 11th Hour (2007) by Leila & Nadia Connors

Produced by Leonardo diCaprio, Winner of the first International Green Film Award 2009 at the Cinema for Peace Gala

A look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems.

-    An Inconvenient Truth (2006) by Davis Guggenheim

Nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Movie of the Year 2007

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

-   The Age of Stupid (2009) by Franny Armstrong

Cinema for Peace Film Selection