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December 7, 2009

United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) marked the international community's first attempt to draft a legally binding successor to the Kyoto Protocol. Though no legally binding document emerged from the summit, the non-binding "Copenhagen Accord" was drafted by the US, China, India, Brazil, and South Africa and has been signed by over 130 countries. The summit was characterized by the persistent divide separating developed and developing countries, who disagree on whether current or future sources of greenhouse gas emissions bear the greatest responsibility for reducing climate change. A great deal of international anticipation and activism surrounded the event. Around 15,000 people attended, including political leaders (with about 110 heads of state and government), UN personnel, NGO observers, and members of the media.

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama became the forty-fourth president of the United States in January 2009, the first African-American to hold the office. He was re-elected to the presidency in November 2012. After graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer in Chicago and became involved in Democratic politics. He taught at the University of Chicago Law School (1992-2004) before serving in the Illinois Senate (1997-2004) and as the U.S. Senator from Illinois (2004-2008). The domestic and foreign agenda of his presidency have been shaped by the global financial crisis, the healthcare reform debate, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His June 2009 speech in Cairo to the Muslim world is one of his best known international initiatives. During his two presidential campaigns, Obama spoke frequently of his personal Christian faith and of the importance of ethical and religious values in creating a more just society.

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Jan-Peter Balkenende

Jan-Peter Balkenende

Jan-Peter Balkenende is a former prime minister of the Netherlands, a post in which he served from 2002 to 2010. Currently, Balkenende works partner at Ernst & Young, focusing on corporate responsibility initiatives, and also teaches at Erasmus...
Joan Brown Campbell

Joan Brown Campbell

The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is the Director of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution. She was the first female to serve as the General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and as...
Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister is a Benedictine sister and author of some 40 books. She is the Executive Director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality, and past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious....
Richard Cizik

Richard Cizik

Richard Cizik is currently president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, a faith-based organization that is dedicated to fostering values consistent with a free society. From 2008 to 2010 he served as co-chair of the Chicago...
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton is a politician and former US Secretary of State, occupying the key foreign policy post from 2009 to 2013 after serving one and one-half terms as a senator from New York and running as a leading Democratic presidential candidate in...
Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper became the Prime Minister of Canada in 2006. The first prime minister from any conservative party since 1993, Harper increased military spending and cut taxes. A member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Harper is an...
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was the thirty-fifth President of Brazil, serving from 2002 to 2010. Lula entered politics as a labor leader in the 1970s, when he advocated a series of labor strikes aimed at challenging the military dictatorship's...
Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany since 2005, is both the first woman and the first East German to hold this office. In 1990, shortly before Germany's reunification, she became a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU)....
Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd served as Australia's 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010. As head of the Labor Party, Rudd labeled himself a "Prime Minister for all Australians." Among his first acts in office were the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and...
Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy was the 23rd President of the French Republic, serving from May 2007 to May 2012. Before becoming president, he occupied various prominent political posts including Minister of Finance and Minister of the Interior. His conservative...
Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Dr. Manmohan Singh was elected Prime Minister of India in 2004, following the electoral victory of the Indian National Congress. As a Sikh, he is the first non-Hindu to hold the position. Trained as an economist, he is best known for his work as...
Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African Anglican cleric and activist, and formerly the archbishop of Cape Town. Born in South Africa in 1931, he became an Anglican priest in 1960. He was appointed secretary-general of the South African Council...
Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams is a professor at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the former archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held from 2002 to 2012. Ordained in the Church of England in 1980, he taught at Cambridge and Oxford before becoming bishop of...