UK energy minister warns to put climate change talks back on track

19:41, December 14, 2009      

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All countries should get their act together to put international talks to deal with climate change back on track, warned Ed Miliband, energy and climate change secretary of the UK.

"We need to collectively get our act together and move on and find ways in which we can solve the difficult issues, because these issues can't all be left to leaders, " he said at the press conference held here on Monday.

Though leaders' role in this process is incredibly important to get the final pieces of the jigsaw in place, but he said, "We cannot do is to leave a whole slew of issues to leaders."

Miliband criticized that the talks moved "too slowly." The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has moved forward his arrival at the Copenhagen climate change summit two days early and is expected to play an important role in brokering and negotiating key issues.

There are two outstanding issues that all countries are now facing, according to Miliband. One is that "whether we are willing to stand behind our commitments and say that we're going to do what we promise". And the other is that "the precise system of monitoring, reporting and verification to make sure people actually follow through on what they promise."

Miliband urged ministers of all countries to show more willingness in the talks and understand the urgency of the situation. "That means more urgency to solve problems, not just identify them, more willingness to shift from entrenched positions and more ambitious commitments."

"If we want to do a deal, we will all need to create greater momentum and make active efforts to find solutions," said Miliband, "We need more progress before the leaders arrive."

Source: Xinhua
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