On Saturday, 1 December, after stops in Frankfurt, Dubai and Bangkok, I landed in Bali for a two-week stay during the United Nations Climate Change Conference. There are seventeen of us on the ground, with another seven people around the planet providing translations (Tunis, Tokyo and Buenos Aires), editing (Buenos Aires and New York), desktop publishing (New York), operations management (New Jersey) and accounting (Winnipeg.) We'll be producing one website, one blog, a daily 2000-word report on the negotiations in English, French, Spanish and Japanese, a daily four-six page report in English and on the web on the side events, plus special coverage of two events over this coming weekend. Big production! Content is flying around the planet at various stages in the production, originating here in Nusa Dua, out for translation in Africa, South America and Asia, over to New York for final desktopping, then up to Winnipeg on the Canadian prairies for upload to our lists and website.
The first few days have been busy setting up our huge office, making sure everyone has arrived safely, getting accredited and our traditional team dinner.
But, this morning the meeting opened to overflow crowds.
Without a doubt, Australia stole the show today, announcing that the new government would ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Howard Bamsey, on the left, looks pretty giddy about the whole thing.
Although we haven't worked out the details, we will be providing content to several blogs, including Alexia Park's Votelink blog More on all this later, when we get ready to turn our new IISD Reporting Services blog "live" (our CNAME change for domain mapping is still working its way through the DNS servers.)