Leaders call for climate change leadership

November 12, 2008 at 5:36 am | Posted in Climate and politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Four world leaders urged representatives to take action on climate change at the recent G-20 summit convened to discuss the global financial crisis. As reported by The Times of India, the leaders made their plea in a joint op-ed published in The International Herald Tribune.

“The global financial crisis is most immediate; the more existential is climate change. The urgency of the first is no excuse for neglecting the second. To the contrary, it is an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone,” reads the op-ed written by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

At the same time, Philippines President Gloria Macapapagal-Arroyo issued an independent call for a new climate change summit later this month.

The summit – The Carbon Cutting Congress versus Climate Change – will bring together 350 stake holders from throughout the Philippines. The group is expected to draft a declaration representing the country’s position on how to respond to climate change.

“Global warming and climate change perhaps is the most engaging and the most dangerous problem of the human community today,” a presidential advisor told a news conference at the Palace.

The declaration created at the summit will then be carried by a Philippine delegation to the next United Nations climate change conference, which is scheduled to take place in Poland in December.

The December conference is expected to bring together around 8,000 representatives from all over the world to discuss an international response to global warming.

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