U.S. President Obama to Attend Copenhagen's Climate Change Summit

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) — U.S. President Obama will attend climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, the day before he officially accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, the White House said.

An administration official said Obama will help kick off the U.N.-sponsored climate change summit Dec. 9 despite negotiators’ inability to secure a binding global treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Obama’s attendance at the climate change conference had been in doubt for weeks. He said he would attend only if he thought his being there will help produce a meaningful result. The summit was called to approve a successor document to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, due to expire in 2012.

While a binding agreement hasn’t been struck, officials in many countries pledged to reach an interim agreement that would set emission reduction targets and serve as a step toward a more comprehensive treaty, the Post said.

The United States hasn’t announced its targets, but administration officials indicated the targets would be revealed soon.

A White House official said Obama will meet with other world leaders in Copenhagen to help “move the process forward” during his one-day visit to the conference, scheduled from Dec. 7-18.

He will be in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 10 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize.

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