UK Prime Minister to attend UN summit on Climate Change in New York

UK Prime Minister to attend UN summit on Climate Change in New York

UK Prime Minister David Cameron along with Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey is scheduled to join more than 100 world leaders to attend an important UN summit on climate change in New York this month. Ed Davey will unveil the UK government's strategy during the negotiations.

The climate summit will be hosted by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to bring an international action in effect to deal with climate change during talks in Paris next year, where a new global agreement to tackle rising temperatures is supposed to be signed. It is likely to focus on a range of issues including forests, carbon markets and climate finance.

According to United Nations climate change secretariat chief Christiana Figueres, US president Barack Obama is expected to attend the summit in New York. Also, 125 world leaders have confirmed their attendance for the summit. However, a number of key figures are going to be absent in the talks, including India's newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In the past, Cameron has been criticized for failing to make a major intervention on climate change. However, earlier this year, he did highlight climate change as one of the biggest issues that our planet is currently facing.

Organizations, including Cafod, Care International, Christian Aid, Greenpeace and WWF, are calling for new "sustainable development goals" (SDGs) in order achieve a success in the current Millennium Development Goals which expire at the end of 2015. This will include a goal to tackle climate change.

Christian Aid chief executive Loretta Minghella said, "It is poor and marginalized people who are most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, suffering the loss of their homes, jobs, crops and even lives."

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