The final day of the Copenhagen summit began with a morning of speeches by top politicians. However, as leader of the country with the world’s largest economy, keen attention was paid to everything President Obama had to say:
“We must have a mechanism to review whether we are keeping our commitments, and exchange this information in a transparent manner. These measures need not be intrusive or infringe upon sovereignty. They must however ensure an accord is credible, and that we are living up to our mutual obligations. Without such accountability, any agreement would be empty words on a page”.
Throughout his speech, the US President stressed that now was the time for action, not talk.
His reference to sharing information may’ve been to allay China’s fears over international scrutiny of their carbon emissions.