US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have affirmed that they will both be going to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark in December. In addition, the US has pledged a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared to levels in 2005 and further decreases toward a goal of an 83% reduction by 2050.
China has also announced a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 by up to 45% compared with 2005 levels. Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Yvo de Boer optimistically stated, “The US commitment to specific, mid-term emission cut targets and China's commitment to specific action on energy efficiency can unlock two of the last doors to a comprehensive agreement.”
Our respectful appreciation Your Excellencies for your commitment to helping safeguard the planet. We pray for the conference’s fruitful outcome of a comprehensive agreement to benefit all beings in our world.