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UN's Ban sure of a Climate Treaty ahead of the Copenhagen Summit next month

30 11 09 - 01:13 Washington - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was encouraged by the interest being shown by world leaders ahead of the United Nations' climate change summit to be held in Copenhagen next month, saying that a strong framework fora Climate Treaty could be in place by 2010.

Ban, who has repeatedly called climate change and its attendant consequences of increased droughts, floods, rising seas and more violent storms "the defining challenge of our era," will urge the leaders of the 53-member Commonwealth to attend the summit, confident that strong momentum is building for a framework that can be molded into a legally binding climate treaty as early as possible in 2010. Yesterday he welcomed the announcement that United States' President, Barack Obama, will go to Copenhagen as yet another sign of the gathering momentum.

Over the next two days in Port of Spain, Ban will urge the Commonwealth leaders to stay focused and committed to reach an agreement "that is ambitious, equitable, and satisfies the demands of science," spokesperson Farhan Haq told a news briefing in New York yesterday.

"The world cannot afford to fail in Copenhagen because the costs are simply too great, the Secretary-General will urge the leaders. Failure to seal a deal could result in increased human suffering, higher economic losses, opportunities squandered in terms of productivity, global competitiveness and political stability," Haq added.

For more than a year, Ban has let barely a speech go by without calling on world leaders to face up to the challenge of forging a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which set limits on global warming greenhouse gases for industrialized nations and whose first commitment period expires in 2012.

The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Yvo de Boer, told reporters last week that President Obama's presence in the Danish capital "would make a huge difference."

He added today that the US commitment to specific, mid-term emission cut targets and China's commitment to specific action on energy efficiency can "unlock two of the last doors" to a comprehensive agreement.

"Let there be no doubt that we need continued strong ambition and leadership," he stated. "In particular, we still await clarity from industrialised nations on the provision of large-scale finance to developing countries for immediate and long-term climate action."

In addition to commitments on financing, de Boer has cited individualized targets "in black and white" by industrialized States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and a list of actions by developing nations, as the main points that must come out of Copenhagen.

Originally it had been hoped to produce the legally binding treaty in Copenhagen but persistent differences in pre-summit talks on these issues pushed back the time frame and de Boer now hopes a formal treaty will follow within six months.

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UN's Ban sure of a Climate Treaty ahead of the Copenhagen Summit next month

Monday 30 November 2009 at 01:13 am Washington - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was encouraged by the interest being shown by world leaders ahead of the United Nations' climate change summit to be held in Copenhagen next month, saying that a strong framework fora Climate Treaty could be in place by 2010.

Ban, who has repeatedly called climate change and its attendant consequences of increased droughts, floods, rising seas and more violent storms "the defining challenge of our era," will urge the leaders of the 53-member Commonwealth to attend the summit, confident that strong momentum is building for a framework that can be molded into a legally binding climate treaty as early as possible in 2010. more

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For all its gee-whiz discoveries and its influence on public policy, science can be a messy, sometimes ugly enterprise.

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