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The Issue Of Global Warming

Nov 30, 2009, 3:09 PM

On Saturday, Commonwealth nations representing one-third of the world’s population threw their weight behind accelerating efforts to clinch an "operationally binding" U.N climate deal in Copenhagen next month. Leaders of the 53-nation Commonwealth meeting in Trinidad and Tobago used their summit to bolster a diplomatic offensive seeking wide consensus on how to fight global warming before December 7-18 U.N, climate talks in the Danish capital.

Time is running out for we cannot wait for another time while the world is facing this serious natural issue affecting the world and that is why we sincerely agree with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who said that the clock is ticking to Copenhagen, adding that the political goodwill and resolve exists to secure a comprehensive agreement at Copenhagen.

The Commonwealth Climate Change Declaration pledged the group’s backing for Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in his efforts to secure wide attendance and commitment from world leaders at the Copenhagen climate talks.

"We pledge our continued support to the leaders-driven process  to deliver a comprehensive, substantial and operationally binding agreement in Copenhagen leading towards a full legally binding outcome no later than 2010," the Port of Spain Declaration said.

Tackling the thorny issue of funding for poor nations’ efforts to fight climate change and global warming, developed countries in the Commonwealth led by Britain backed an initiative to establish a Copenhagen Launch Fund, starting in 2010 and building to $10 billion (6 billion pounds) annually by 2012.

Reflecting debate that has dogged the road to Copenhagen, developing states have stressed the need for more money to be committed by rich nations to help poorer countries counter global warming, and adapt to the pollution-reducing requirements of a climate deal.