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Who All Is Going To Copenhagen?

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.


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

65 World leaders to join climate talks

Sixty-five world leaders have confirmed they will attend a U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December that will try to clinch a new global climate deal, and many more are considering, Danish officials said on Sunday.

Facing splits in the climate talks, Denmark 10 days ago formally invited the heads of state and government of 191 U.N. member states to come for the final two days of the December 7-18 conference to push for a deal at the meeting, originally meant for environment ministers.

Danish officials declined to provide a full list of those who had agreed to come to the Copenhagen conference, but noted some leaders, such as those from Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Brazil, had announced their intention to attend.

The United Nations said this month about 40 leaders had indicated plans to attend, mostly from developing nations as well as from Germany and Britain, even before the official invitation.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said he would come. And U.S. President Barack Obama has said he would attend if it could give impetus to a deal.

Marathon talks since 2007 have failed to overcome differences between developed and developing nations on issues such as the depth of greenhouse gas cuts by industrialized countries by 2020 or extra funds to help poor nations.

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November 23, 2009 at 1:22 PM Leave a comment

Denmark Invites 191 Leaders to U.N. Climate Summit

Denmark has formally invited the leaders of United Nations member countries to the U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December that will try to clinch a new global climate deal, the government said on Thursday.


The invitations are sent by letter from Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to the heads of state and government of the other 191 U.N. member states.

The Copenhagen talks were originally meant for environment and climate ministers but the United Nations said last week that about 40 leaders have indicated plans to attend, including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and leaders of nations in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

November 12, 2009 at 10:23 AM 1 comment

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