Copenhagen climate conference `cannot afford to fail`

Gordon Brown has warned world leaders that they "cannot afford to fail" to strike a substantial deal on climate change in Copenhagen next month

Gordon Brown has warned world leaders that they "cannot afford to fail" to strike a substantial deal on climate change in Copenhagen next month. The Prime Minister said the summit had to mark a "decisive global shift" towards tackling the problem.

 

The comments came in a letter to Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen, formally confirming that he will attend the event in person.

 

The premier urged other leaders to follow his example, insisting their presence sent an "important signal". So far more than 60 have stated they will attend, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. However, US President Barack Obama ha yet to confirm.

 

"I am pleased that the European Union has now set out its conditional offers for Copenhagen on both mitigation and finance," Brown wrote.

"I strongly welcome the ambitious announcements which a number of countries have made in recent weeks, such as those by Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and the Republic of Korea, adding to others already made.

 

"I hope and believe other countries will follow their example over the next few weeks. I believe these decisions are a clear sign of growing international momentum for an ambitious, fair and effective agreement in Copenhagen."

He added: "I am committed to doing everything in my power to secure an agreement that marks the decisive global shift towards combating climate change.

 

"I believe all leaders have a responsibility to come together at Copenhagen to do this. We cannot afford to fail."

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