Just hours after touching down in Copenhagen for the climate change summit, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned that the high-profile UN summit could fail.
Rudd said with 190 countries involved and more than 100 heads of government attending, it would be hard to seal the deal on a new climate pact. But he vowed to work hard to seal a deal.
“While there is no guarantee of success at getting a global agreement, my aim here is to secure the best deal for Australia’s national interest – that means getting a genuine agreement between rich and poor countries to tackle climate change for the first time,” he said today.
Rudd has already come under attack from India, the chief negotiator for China and G77 group of developing nations and former US ambassador to the United Nations for his climate change strategy.
Lumumba Di-Aping, the chief negotiator for China and G77 group of developing nations at Copenhagen, said today that what Australia had done so far was “simply not good enough.”
The summit is due to finish on Friday.
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