As 192 nations convene in Copenhagen today (7 December 2009) to negotiate a new global climate deal, the prospects of reaching a successful outcome have never been greater following major announcements over the past week by the US, China, India and South Africa, said officials from World Wildlife Fund.
“With news of US emissions reductions and his decision to attend the Copenhagen climate summit, President Obama kicked off a series of positive announcements from key countries,” said WWF President and CEO Carter Roberts. “A global agreement is within our grasp now. The final missing ingredient is the President’s public commitment to make climate change his next legislative priority after healthcare. This is fundamental in conveying to other countries that the US will live up to its commitments on climate change.”
With midterm elections fast approaching, the President must ensure the Senate takes up climate change immediately after healthcare to ensure a climate bill passes in early 2010, before the legislative process grinds down for the elections, Roberts noted.
Nearly 100 world leaders will be attending the Copenhagen summit, including President Obama, who last week changed the date of his trip so that he will be there during the final, and most critical, period of the conference.
To read more about the U.S. and other countries’ commitments along with Carter Roberts’ comments, see As Climate Talks Kick Off, Countries Begin to Show Their Cards and Work Towards a Deal, Says WWF