UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Still Pushing For Deal in 2010

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently announced in a BBC interview he intends to keep up efforts to see the creation of a binding climate change treaty in 2010.

“I’ve got an idea about how we can actually move this forward over the next few months and I’ll be working on this” said Brown.

“I think it’s not impossible that the groundwork that was done at Copenhagen could lead to what you might call a global agreement that everybody is happy to stand by. I’ll be working on that in the next few months and I can see a way forward because what prevented an agreement (in Copenhagen) was suspicion and fear and forms of protectionism that I think we’ve got to get over” he added. However the Prime Minister did not offer any insight on how he was going to achieve this.

Many nations are still digesting the fallout of last month climate conference, which failed to deliver any significant commitments from world leaders. The talks concluded with a limited agreement signed by the US, China, India and other emerging economies.

Industrialized countries have until the end of January to fulfill their obligations of the accord and announce their emission reduction targets.

There are two other major meetings scheduled for 2010, the first will take place in Bonn Germany where countries will give an update on progress made on the accord. The second will be another climate conference in December held in Mexico. The latter is widely viewed as being the last chance of agreeing to a global climate change accord.

  • Mark Spowart

    A writer and photographer, Spowart has publication credits in Canada, United States, Europe and Norway with such publications as The Globe & Mail, The National Post, Sun Media, Canwest News, and Canada News Wire.

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