In Doha, Philippines Negotiator Delivers Emotional Plea For Climate Change Action

This kind of thing rarely happens. But today during the United Nation's COP 18 climate change conference in Doha, the lead negotiator for the Philippines broke down.

He delivered an emotional plea for action on the issue of climate change that was made even more dramatic because his country is just now starting to pick up the pieces from a typhoon that has killed hundreds.

"As we sit here in these negotiations, even as we vacillate and procrastinate here, the death toll is rising," Naderev Saño said. "There is massive and widespread devastation."

According to The Guardian's transcription, he went on to explain that a typhoon like Bopha is rare in that part of the country. He explained that tragedies like these are not unique to his country. Then his voice cracked and he was on the verge of tears.