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Copenhagen climate accord an important document: US

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A file picture of Todd Stern, U S Special Envoy for Climate change. Photo: V.V.Krishnan
The Hindu A file picture of Todd Stern, U S Special Envoy for Climate change. Photo: V.V.Krishnan

The US will associate itself with the Copenhagen climate accord even if India and China do not do so, top US Climate envoy said on Wednesday, as he described it is an important document though it was not formally adopted.

“Copenhagen Accord, we think is a very important document that was produced very importantly through the intervention of leaders, a great number of leaders from countries there. It was, at the end of the day, not formally adopted as a decision of the Conference of the Parties, but was supported by overwhelming number of them,” Mr. Stern said.

Special US Envoy on Climate Change, Todd Stern said that “India and China, so far, have not clearly associated themselves with the accord, which the United Nations is trying to seek clarification from them.” The US will associate itself with the accord.

The fact that it wasn’t formally adopted has led to a process since Copenhagen where countries essentially conveyed to the secretariat of the UN convention their interest in being part of it; the UN term is to associate itself with the accord, he said.

Mr. Stern said about 100 countries have indicated they want to be part of the accord, and more are expected to joint.

“In addition, the major countries, major economies have submitted their targets or actions that they plan to take to reduce emissions. So this is the developed countries and the major developing countries. That was supposed to happen by January 31stand it did,” he said.

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