Commonwealth leaders reach agreement on climate change

by Search Gate staff. Published Sun 29 Nov 2009 11:44
PM Gordon Brown arrives in Trinidad and Tobago for Commonwealth meeting

The 53 member states of the Commonwealth have called for an “internationally legally binding agreement” on climate change to be agreed at the Copenhagen conference next week.

In a communiqué released at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Trinidad and Tobago, leaders also expressed their support for a Copenhagen Launch Fund to help poorer countries tackle climate change.

Gordon Brown proposed the fund, which would reach $10 billion annually by 2015, so that the fight against climate change could begin immediately.

The CHOGM statement said fast start funding for adaptation to climate change should be focused on the most vulnerable countries.

The communiqué read: “Many of us from small island states, low-lying coastal states and least developed countries face the greatest challenges, yet have contributed least to the problem of climate change.”

“Science, and our own experience, tells us that we only have a few short years to address this threat. The average global temperature has risen because of the increase in carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

“The latest scientific evidence indicates that in order to avoid dangerous climate change that is likely to have catastrophic impacts we must find solutions using all available avenues. We must act now.”

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