Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and South African President Jacob Zuma at a meeting on the sidelines of the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
COPENHAGEN: World leaders may have given up on saving the planet from climate change, at talks here on Friday. Instead, they are negotiating a PR declaration aimed at saving face.
Leaders delayed their departure on Friday evening when the conference was scheduled to end. There are reports that the UN secretary general may have asked them to stay.
It’s clear that there will be no legally-binding treaty or extension of the Kyoto Protocol, With over 100 heads of state and government gathered they cannot afford to go home empty-handed and look like the fools that they really are.
The latest version of a declaration available is being called a weak text, with no specifics or specific commitments. It has no figures for emission reduction targets by developed nations by 2020, still using x and y to fill the gaps in the text.
The language reflects the fundamental disagreements on the shape of a future global climate change regime.Despite the hype of over 100 heads of state on a single platform, their speeches fail to bring anything new to the table, merely reiterating the divide between rich and poor countries.
The talks problems are rich nations insisting that large developing nations like India and China for example join a new legally binding treaty to cut emissions, while on the other side, developing countries are demanding that rich nations fulfil their legal obligations to reduce emissions and finance adaptation and tech transfer efforts.
Developing countries are not prepared to accept dismantling the Kyoto agreement the world’s only legal treaty to combat climate change.
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Climate change agreement reached in Copenhagen
Key states have reached what they call a "meaningful agreement" at the Copenhagen climate summit.
A US government official said the deal was a "historic step forward" but was not enough to prevent dangerous climate change in the future.
Analysts welcomed the fact that a deal had been done, but said its achievements were modest.
US President Barack Obama said the deal would be a foundation for global action but there was "much further to go".
He said the US, China, Brazil, India and South Africa had "agreed to set a mitigation target to limit warming to no more than 2C and, importantly, to take action to meet this objective".
He added: "We are confident that we are moving in the direction of a significant accord."
The two-week summit had been deadlocked as world leaders had struggled to hammer out a deal.
Responding to Friday's developments, Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven expressed disappointment.
"It seems there are too few politicians in this world capable of looking beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest, let alone caring much for the millions of people who are facing down the threat of climate change," he said.
"It is now evident that beating global warming will require a radically different model of politics than the one on display here in Copenhagen."
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