At the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) summit in the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, November 28, government leaders representing the group’s 53 nations reached a consensus in calling for an ambitious and binding agreement on climate change at the crucial December conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kevin Rudd PM of Australia: Progress is being made. You see, as each day passes, a large number of states coming forward with their own national commitments.
Ban Ki-Moon: There must be a deal in Copenhagen, for the future of humanity.
Queen Elizabeth II: And on this, the eve of the UN Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change, the commonwealth has an opportunity to lead once more. The threat to our environment is not a new concern but it is now a global challenge which will continue to affect the security and stability of millions for years to come. Many of those affected are among the most vulnerable and many of the people least wellable to withstand the adverse affects of climate change live in the commonwealth.
The successful 3-day CHOGM meeting, led by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, brought together dignitaries and heads of state that included UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, as well as the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
At the summit’s conclusion, a joint statement was issued, recommending a legally binding treaty to be adopted within the next year along with the decision to create a US$10 billion annual fund to assist developing countries in addressing climate change, especially vulnerable island and low-lying coastal nations.
Our gratitude Your Majesty and other dedicated world leaders for your firm commitment to an accord in Copenhagen to save our planet. We pray that all nations come together for a caring and effective plan to ensure the survival of all inhabitants on Earth.