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Climate Change: Copenhagen Conference

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Madingley Lord Browne of Madingley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether further countries will sign the Copenhagen Accord; and whether they have taken steps to encourage other nations to sign up before the 31 January deadline for submission of emission-reduction plans.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, House of Lords, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Minister of State (Department of Energy and Climate Change), Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

On 11 January the UN Secretary-General held a meeting in New York to discuss climate change priorities following the Copenhagen conference. The majority of interventions at that meeting either welcomed the Copenhagen Accord or recognised it as a building block to a future legally binding treaty.

The UK wholeheartedly associates itself with the Copenhagen Accord and will be writing to the UN to this effect. We believe this represents a real step change in global action to combat dangerous climate change.

We will be encouraging others to show the same level of support and urging all parties, including the EU, to show maximum ambition in their submissions to the appendices to the accord by 31 January.

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