The count down is on for the talks in Copenhagen and we have just seen some positive comments come out of the UN Climate Change Summit in New York.
Some notable comments have been:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
“Failure to reach broad agreement in Copenhagen would be morally inexcusable, economically short-sighted and politically unwise. We cannot go down this road…I urge you to seal a deal in Copenhagen in December this year – an equitable, scientifically robust deal, that strengthens sustainable development and powers green growth for every country. The science demands it, the world economy needs it…a successful deal must strengthen the world’s ability to cope with inevitable changes. In particular, it must provide comprehensive support to the most vulnerable. They have contributed least to this crisis and are suffering first and worst.”
US President Barrack Obama
The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing... If we fail to meet it - boldly, swiftly and together - we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe. The security and stability of each nation and all peoples - our prosperity, our health, our safety - are in jeopardy. And the time we have to reverse this tide is running out. For too many years, mankind has been slow to respond to or even recognise the magnitude of the climate threat. It is true of my own country as well. But this is a new day. It is a new era. And I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.
Chinese President Ju Jintao
“At stake in the fight against climate change are the common interests of the entire world. Out of a sense of responsibility to its own people and people across the world, China fully appreciates the importance and urgency of addressing climate change…first, we will intensify our effort to conserve energy and improve energy efficiency. We will endeavour to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by a notable margin by 2020 from the 2005 levels…second, we will vigorously develop renewable energy and nuclear energy. We will endeavour to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 15% by 2020.”
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
"What is required globally is the leadership to embrace this truth and to respond to it accordingly because the truth is all our governments need to reach beyond their self interests and instead fashion a grand bargain between the developed and developing countries of the world - a grand bargain on climate change which embraces both historical and future responsibility; a grand bargain which is anchored in the science of climate change and the need to keep temperature rises within two degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic climate change."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy
We are on the path to failure if we continue to act as we have. Considering how complex this negotiation is, a new summit before Copenhagen is needed. France proposes that the heads of state of the major economies responsible for 80% of emissions ... meet in mid-November. They will need to make clearer commitments to ensure Copenhagen's success.
The most notable comment for me came from the world leader who probably stands to loose the most from climate change, The Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed
. “If things go on as business as usual, we will not live. We will die. Our country will not exist…We cannot come out from Copenhagen as failures. We cannot make Copenhagen a pact for suicide.”
All very positive comments coming from our worlds leaders. What's you favorite comment? Do you think that all this positive talk will be converted into positive action? or is it more hot air from our world leaders?