16 Dec 2009 11:12:04
Copenhagen enters 'high-level' phase
Fresh pressure was put on negotiators at the UN summit in Copenhagen yesterday (December 15th) as talks officially entered the high-level stage.
Coinciding with prime minister Gordon Brown's arrival in the Danish capital, a special ceremony was held to mark the conference's shift into its final phase.
Speaking to delegates, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced that world leaders were facing a "defining moment in history".
He said: "We know what we must do. We know what the world expects. Our job here and now is to seal the deal, a deal in our common interest."
Mr Ki-moon warned that the pace of the conference was moving too slowly.
"Three years of effort have come down to three days of action. Let us not falter in the home stretch. No one will get everything they want in this negotiation," he added.
World leaders are set to continue making their way to Copenhagen to attend the climate change conference this week.
Talks are to conclude on Friday (December 18th).http://tinyurl.com/ycbhpwg