The UN yesterday undermined the mood of optimism surrounding the forthcoming climate change summit in Copenhagen, reports Envido.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting of business leaders in Seattle that while negotiators would try to finalise a deal in December, it was likely that certain elements of the climate change treaty would be delayed until 2010. “After Copenhagen we may not expect... to agree on all elements,” he said, “but we should have a broad climate change agreement."
Maintaining the climate change momentum
Ban Ki-moon’s climate change advisor, Janos Pasztor believes that Copenhagen should provide the groundwork for a more detailed and demanding climate change agreement to be reached next year. He suggested that the conference should aim for an ambitious, politically binding agreement in Copenhagen that would chart the way for a legally binding global climate change agreement in the future.
United States: a sincere commitment to climate change?
Ban also highlighted the integral role of a US climate change bill in reaching any global deal.. In particular, he asserted that the Senate's vote would "have a huge political impact for other negotiators of other countries", adding that many developing countries "are ready to make some political compromises only if and only when the US is ready to do that."
Britain leads the way on climate change
Ed Miliband, was more optimistic - he believes a more meaningful climate change deal could be reached at Copenhagen. Referring to the encouraging signs from the US, Japan and the developing economies of China and India he stated that governments were “pushing forwards their climate change agendas."
Miliband's sincere commitment to the process, however, may still be undermined by the continued reluctance of the US Senate to agree on any meaningful climate change bill that seriously addresses the issues. Copenhagen's significance might rest not in its immediate achievements, but in its role in initiating further debate and resolutions in its response to a global climate change situation that has dramatically changed since the Kyoto Protocol.