Who All Is Going To Copenhagen?

December 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM Leave a comment

The number of world leaders due to attend the Copenhagen climate conference has risen to 105, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Saturday.

They represent 82 percent of mankind, 89 percent of the world’s GDP and 80 percent of the world’s current greenhouse gas emissions, he said.

Most are expected to come for the climax of the December 7-18 conference: U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are the latest to announce such plans, adding to momentum for a new accord to curb global warming.

Following are some of the leaders attending:

AUSTRALIA – Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had hoped to take his carbon-trade scheme to Copenhagen, but parliament rejected laws to set up the scheme this week. Rudd is to play a key negotiating role in the talks.

BANGLADESH – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

BRAZIL – One of the world’s top greenhouse gas emitters. Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva is due in Copenhagen December 16-18.

BRITAIN – Prime Minister Gordon Brown was one of the first world leaders to commit to attending the Copenhagen talks.

CANADA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

CHINA – Premier Wen Jiabao.

ETHIOPIA – Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will head the African delegation. Mauritian Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and Seychelles President James Michel will also attend. EU – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, December 17-18.

FRANCE – President Nicolas Sarkozy, December 17-18.

GERMANY – Chancellor Angela Merkel, December 17-18 (provisional).

INDIA – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will go to Copenhagen on December 17, his office said on Saturday.

NEPAL – Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, December 15-17.

NETHERLANDS – Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, December 17-18. Also Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer. NORWAY – Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, December 16-19 (provisional).

POLAND – Environment Minister Maciej Nowicki opens the conference. He leaves after passing the presidency to Denmark.

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

THAILAND – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Dec 16-17.

UNITED STATES – President Barack Obama, December 18.

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