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The Major Economies Forum

Major Economies Forum September 17-18


US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the MEF in Italy July 2009, which historically recognised the importance of capping global temperature rises by 2 degrees (Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)

The Major Economies Forum (MEF) meets in Washington September 17-18 and will seek to build on the momentum from July's meeting at which both developed and developing countries recognised the importance of 2C as a global goal – setting the framework for Copenhagen.


With fewer than 90 days to go before the world gathers in Copenhagen, negotiations are in the balance but the UK is confident that the complex pieces are falling into place as political momentum gathers.


Governments of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark (as COP 15 Chair) the EU Commission, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden (as EU President) the United Kingdom and the United States of America participate in the MEF.  


Since the MEF last met in July, the debate has moved on considerably with key countries such as Japan - who announced an ambitious increase in its emissions target - typifying the leadership needed for a breakthrough deal.


Major week for Copenhagen milestone



The Major Economies Forum marks the start of a key week in building international momentum towards Copenhagen, which includes milestones such as:


  • September 19-20. Greenland Dialogue – an informal dialogue with environment ministers
  • September  22. United Nations Secretary General event – a decisive opportunity when all world leaders are brought together to focus on climate change and to demonstrate their political ambitions for a successful deal at Copenhagen.
  • September 23. UN Event on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) – which aims is to highlight the vital importance of tackling REDD and to build political momentum behind this cause ahead of Copenhagen
  • September 24-25: G20 Pittsburgh, which will an opportunity to progress discussions on cliamte finance. The UK has taken a lead with the PM’s recent call to debate a working figure of $100 billion a year by 2020


These milestones can all be followed on

There are strong grounds for optimism for MEF and other events on the Road to Copenhagen: if we act now, with the UK and its people on board, we can not only beat climate change but gain from the green benefits that will flow in terms of jobs and a healthier environment.


Related links

Coverage from the MEF's meeting in July in L'Aquila, Italy.

Fourth Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate - Chair's Summary (PDF 67.48KB)

Fourth Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate - Delegates List (PDF 107.19KB)

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