Port of Spain: Noting that the world was on
the move to tackle climate change, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has
acknowledged India`s commitment to use renewable energy in its
effort to cut down carbon emissions.
"Each week brings new commitments and pledges -- from
industrialised countries, emerging economies, and developing
countries alike... India has strong plans for renewable energy
and energy efficiency," Ban said at the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Secretary-General is at Port of Spain to provide
momentum for Climate Change at the last political gathering
before the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.
It is anticipated that these political commitments would
then be worked into a binding treaty within six months that
succeed the Kyoto Protocol.
Ban also highlighted that Brazil, Indonesia and South
Korea recently announced voluntary plans to significantly
reduce emissions, and Russia has also increased its mid-term
target in this aspect.
China has announced its intention to reduce "carbon
intensity" by 40 to 45 percent by 2020 against a 2005 level,
while the US would offer to cut missions by 17 percent on
2005 figures by 2020 at the conference.
The UN chief called on the leaders to attend the climate
conference at Copenhagen.
"Some 80 world leaders have now pledged to attend the
Summit. More are signing up daily. I urge you to accept his
(Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen) invitation to
come to Copenhagen for the final days of this critical
conference," he said.
Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkozy, who
attended a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, said he was "fully confident" of the Indian Prime
Minister`s attendance at the Climate Summit.
"India has nothing to lose and everything to gain by
being in Copenhagen. If India is to be heard, it needs to be
present," Sarkozy said.
As of now, the Prime Minister has not announced his plans
to attend the conference.
Ban stressed that the Copenhagen Summit must "achieve a
firm foundation for a legally binding climate treaty as early
as possible in 2010.
"We cannot afford to fail. The costs are simply too
great. Increased human suffering, higher economic losses,
opportunities squandered in terms of productivity, global
competitiveness and political stability," he said.
The UN chief also met with the leaders of the Least
Developed Countries and Small Island Nations which face threat
from rising sea levels.