UN Secretary-General at Global Leadership Awards Gala: Copenhagen not Destined to be “Disappointment”

Ban Ki-moon223 November 2009: Addressing the 51st annual UNA-USA/BCUN Global Leadership Awards gala, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, contrary to recent news reports, the climate change conference in Copenhagen is not destined to be a "disappointment" and noted that "every day lately has been bringing new signs of progress."

He listed developed and developing countries that have announced specific emission reduction targets in recent weeks, and said he was encouraged by the summit meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao. He also underscored that over 65 world leaders had indicated they would attend the conference, showing they are united. He concluded by expressing his confidence that "We can, and I believe we will, reach a deal in Copenhagen" that sets the stage for a "legally binding treaty as soon as possible in 2010." [UN Press Release]