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Copenhagen: The UN's Perspective on the Accord

The controversy and debate will rage on this weekend about how real and sufficient the agreement is that the White House and President Obama announced on the closing of the conference. The Accord hadn’t been voted on by the delegates by the time Obama made the announcement and this morning the UNFCCC says that the Accord was supported by a “majority of countries.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the release this morning that: “This accord cannot be everything that everyone hoped for, but it is an essential beginning.” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said: “We must be honest about what we have got. The world walks away from Copenhagen with a deal. But clearly ambitions to reduce emissions must be raised significantly if we are to hold the world to 2 degrees.” Clearly it isn’t adequate, when the UNFCCC says:

Because the pledges listed by developed and developing countries may, according to science, be found insufficient to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees or less, leaders called for a review of the accord, to be completed by 2015.

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