UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (UPI) — World leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly also are discussing climate change and how it affects all aspects of life, the United Nations said.
The climate change meeting Tuesday is in anticipation of the global summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where an international climate change agreement is to be signed to succeed the Kyoto protocols.
Chinese President Hu Jintao, U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Rwandan President Paul Kagame are among the world dignitaries expected to speak during the summit, CNN reported.
Also planned are discussions with the generally accepted goal of limiting the increase of Earth’s temperature to within 2 degrees Fahrenheit above its temperature before the industrial revolution, U.N. officials said.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to prevent climate change from slipping out of control and to jump-start the transformation to a safer, cleaner, more prosperous green economy that benefits all,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
However, the world leaders face the problem of trying to build momentum for the international climate treaty when global temperatures have been stable for 10 years and may drop during the next few years, The New York Times reported.
Some skeptics of climate change have seized upon the plateau in temperatures as evidence that the concerns are overblown, the Times said. Simultaneously, some climate experts said they worry that the plateau could hamper treaty negotiations and slow the progress of legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
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