A deal for a climate treaty is within reach - that was the up-beat message as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth opened the Commonwealth’s biennial summit being held in Trinidad and Tobago.
The 53-nation group get-together is being largely seen as a working session on climate issues in the run up to next month’s UN climate conference.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth said: “On this, the eve of the UN Copenhagen summit on climate change, the Commonwealth has an opportunity to lead once more. The threat to our environment is not a new concern, but it is now a global challenge which will continue to affect the security and stability of millions for years to come.”
The UN Secretary-General said that with new commitments coming in daily, agreement on a climate deal was close. Ban Ki-moon along with France’s president and Denmark’s prime minister are there to lend their weight to any initiatives in the diplomatic push towards Copenhagen.
Most nations had given up hope of producing a final legal climate treaty next month but prospects for achieving a broad political pact have brightened this week by promises of greenhouse gas curbs by China and the US - the world’s biggest emitters.
Commonwealth "positive" ahead of Copenhagen