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Commonwealth urges action on climate change

2009-11-27 08:58 BJT

Special Report: UN climate change conference in Copenhagen |

PORT OF SPAIN, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Commonwealth secretary general, Kamalesh Sharma, urged leaders of the group to reach agreement swiftly on climate change in a statement issued ahead of the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Trinidad and Tobago's capital, Port of Spain.

"The Commonwealth is home to a disproportionately large number of the countries in the world which are the most vulnerable to climate change. For climate change 'frontline states', it is a matter of survival," said Kamalesh Sharma.

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will be attending the conference to speak to members and seek agreement on climate change in a 53-nation body that includes leading members of the Group of 20, like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom. As well as 51 heads of state from the 53 nations, the meeting has attracted senior officials from Brazil and Venezuela; and the prime minister of Denmark.

"We cannot allow ourselves to miss this important opportunity to address the most critical security threat of our times. We need some conclusions to drive us forward," Sharma said.

The CHOGM is taking place just days before Denmark hosts the 192-nation Cop-15 meeting that participants hope will settle an agreement to replace 1999 Kyoto protocol on climate change.  

Editor: Du Xiaodan | Source: Xinhua