Merkel 'not happy' with Copenhagen preparations

25th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The high-stakes summit in the Danish capital in December will see nations attempt to hammer out a new global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

Berlin -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she wants more progress in preparations for a crunch UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December.

"I want to say at this stage that I am not happy with the preparations for Copenhagen," Merkel told reporters in Berlin before heading to a Group of 20 summit in the US city of Pittsburgh.

"There has been progress, in particular from the Chinese side, from the Japanese side now, and the UN meeting with (UN Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon," she added, referring to talks this week.

"But I have to say that when I consider what still has to be achieved before Copenhagen, we cannot be happy."

The high-stakes summit in the Danish capital from December 7-18 will see nations attempt to hammer out a new global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

This week saw 100 leaders come together for a climate summit at the United Nations in what looked set to be the first in a string of high-stakes meetings ahead of Copenhagen.

Chinese President Hu Jintao used the event to say that the emerging power would scale down the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions as its economy expands.

Japan's new centre-left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, meanwhile, received major praise for vowing to ramp up emission cuts to make the world's second largest economy among the most ambitious on climate change.

Western countries, by far the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases per capita, want emerging giants like China and India to make binding commitments on reducing emissions.

But emerging economies say that continued expansion of their economies, which results in more emissions, is vital for lifting the standards of living of billions of their citizens up to Western levels.

Emerging countries are also often the main sufferers from climate change, and want money from rich countries to mitigate the effects and to make their economies more environmentally friendly.


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