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Japan's Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto, center, holds the gavel, as Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf, right, claps, after closing the plenary session of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya, early Saturday morning.

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All over wasteful use of tax-payers money, there may be indirect benefits of this summit but per head debt is likely to increase by Yen 10,000 in Japan.

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"Hooray this stupid confererence is over! As owner of the gavel, beers are on me. Let's party like we've just closed a plenary session."

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over inflated egos celebrating their delusional self importance

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"we came out of the dark ages!" Nagoya is such a beautiful city Ahmed Djoghlafafiagfafuh. Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) on a Saturday morning "plenary session" is that right?.... perhaps they got cheaper convention rates on Expedia.

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What came out of this? Anything?

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Of course these people are celebrating. The rest of us are having to endure cuts in salaries, job uncertainties and threatened pensions. These tree-hugging nutcases, in the name of their new "environmental religion" which is a spin-off from the false anthropogenic global warming religion, have just awarded themselves huge increases in funding/salaries. A group of people with over-inflated egos, celebrating their delusional self importance, just as gaijinfo (above) said. Im all for protecting the biodiversity of species and the environment, but these people have other, ulterior motives.

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@gogogo - Yeah, other countries will get $2 billion from japanese taxpayers.

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I saw on Japan TV that the gavel that the guy is holding is very special one. They used a new one each day of the event. All of the gavels were lovingly handcrafted by an 89-year old deaf-mute woodworker who lives in some remote mountain village in the mountains outside of Nagoya. To underscore the diversity of countries attending COP10 the wood was shipped in from various countries such as Belize, Fiji, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, and Bangladesh. The woodworker, Mr. Miyagi, and the COP10 promoters wanted the finest for their event and so chose only virgin forest mahogany that grew on the side of mountains which faced Japan.

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@islandview, good post. Funny how they can make a big fuss about making a gavel, but want to send the rest of us back to the Dark Ages. I would have been really impressed, if they would have just had the whole thing by video conference. Each person staying at home and show that there are ways of doing business that would in their view "reduce their carbon footprint."

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