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Last official day of Durban climate talks

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It's the final countdown at the Cop17 Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Ministers and negotiators from nearly 200 countries are trying to hammer out a common way forward for a future climate change regime. The President of the COP17 says good progress has been made at the talks -- but that delegates know the world is watching. Rene Del Carme reports from Durban.

Negotiations continued deep into the night and into the early hours of the last official day of the United Nations Climate Change Talks in Durban.

Delegates were hard at work, as time started running out.

Cop 17 President Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said she was hopeful that negotiators could make further progress in the final hours. She said parties were optimistic that the Green Climate Fund would be operationalized at these talks.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said, "Parties are engaging genuinely. Save Tomorrow, Today."

Nkoana-Mashabane said parties were hard at work, trying to ensure that agreement was reached on crucial issues on the table.

This included considering the issue of the second commitment period and future process of the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the long-term finance of the Green Climate Fund."

While the talks continued behind closed doors, protesters made their voices heard outside the hall were the negotiations were taking place.

CCTV's Rene Del Carme said, "And as negotiators cross the Ts and dot the Is at Cop17, for the best possible outcome in Durban, protesters say they are not here to negotiate. They say they're here to demand what they call "Climate Justice" Now!"


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