EU Ambassadors were invited this week to a briefing by Jacqueline Cramer, the Dutch environment Minister. She gave a sobering assessment of the prospects for success at the forthcoming Copenhagen Climate Summit. She noted that, with only 23 days to go, a determined EU – and international – effort is necessary to create the conditions for an agreement. Gordon Brown has announced he will attend, and Ms Cramer confirmed that the Dutch Prime Minister will also be there – a strong signal of the seriousness with which The Netherlands government is taking the summit. The EU has taken a lead in the preparations and has set itself ambitious objectives for reductions in carbon emissions. But the key will be to pull together a global deal covering developed and developing countries. I and the Embassy team are staying in close touch with our Dutch colleagues as Copenhagen approaches.
Copenhagen – pulling together a global deal is the key
November 13, 2009