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Copenhagen preparations debated in Parliament

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Preparations for Copenhagen were discussed today (November 5) in a Parliamentary debate, opened by Ed Miliband.


Watch archive of the debate


In just over 30 days, the UN Conference on climate change begin in Copenhagen. The decisions made there will affect people in Britain and those around the world for generations to come.


The UK is working for a Copenhagen deal that puts the world on a trajectory to a maximum global average temperature increase of two degrees and provides a fair deal for developing countries. We're determined to reach a comprehensive politically binding agreement at Copenhagen, under the UNFCCC, which covers all the major issues: including most importantly binding economy-wide emissions reductions from developed countries, significant actions from developing countries to slow their emissions growth, and finance.


The final five days' negotiations before Copenhagen are currently underway in Barcelona this week.


Anything less than an agreement that is ambitious, effective and fair will would represent an incomplete outcome. We will be going the extra mile in the coming weeks to achieve this result.


The debate will focus on UK preparation for the Copenhagen conference.


This is the second Parliamentary debate on Copenhagen this year. The first debate on preparations followed on from the launch of the UK 'Manifesto' on Copenhagen, the 'Road to Copenhagen'.


Related links

Watch archive of the debate

Read transcript of the debate on Hansard

Read transcript of openning and closing statements, but Ed Miliband and Joan Ruddock.

Negotiations reporting service

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Comprehensive, daily reporting tracking UNFCCC negotiations as they unfold