Developing world has huge role to play in curbing climate change

2009-10-16 15:30

Fast-emerging economies such as South Africa have a role to play in reducing carbon emissions.

This was said by Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, at the Global Editors’ Forum in Copenhagen on Friday last week, where close to 300 editors and journalists from across the world gathered.

In less than two months the United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held, where a new treaty to protect the planet’s environment is expected to be signed. The treaty will replace the Kyoto Protocol, a landmark agreement to fight climate change which will expire in 2012.

‘‘Fast-emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India and South Africa also need to engage meaningfully, but in a way which does not prevent them improving standards of living through economic growth.”

Annan said although all countries needed to take steps to reduce emissions, the developed economies had to take the lead by making the most dramatic cuts.

He said many countries were consulting each other, trying to overcome obstacles and seeking common ground.

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