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14 Dec 2009 11:12:04

Miliband warns Copenhagen is not on track



Miliband warns Copenhagen is not on track
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband has raised concerns over the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Mr Miliband has warned that the conference is not on target to reach a fair and strong enough deal to ensure that the average global temperature does not rise by more than two degrees Celsius by the turn of the century.

He said: "We're now getting close to midnight in this negotiation and we need to act like it. That means more urgency to solve problems, not just identify them, more willingness to shift from entrenched positions and more ambitious commitments.

"We're not yet on track for the kind of deal we need. This is the critical opportunity. Britain is working in formal and informal settings as persuaders for the ambitious and comprehensive agreement we want."

Mr Miliband called for tougher action on reducing international carbon emissions and more funding for developing countries.

The comments were made ahead of the highly anticipated arrival of world leaders such as prime minister Gordon Brown and US president Barack Obama in the Danish capital.

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