Green activists hope for global consensus at Copenhagen:


"Not much is happening to reward them but we hope that through the World Economic Forum and its Global Agenda Councils, there will be a new voice in favour of action and providing rewards for action, as well as an agreement in Copenhagen," said Pavan Sukhdev, Study Leader, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) and Project Leader, Green Economy, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Agreeing that public-private partnerships and financing are key to expansion of low-carbon projects, using the technologies and policies already in place, leaders at the 'Summit on the Global Agenda' here said that WEF has a crucial role to play in the climate talks.
"In four months China put in as much wind power capacity as the UK did in the past 20 years. The Prime Minister of India wants the country to fight for a global deal," Steve Howard, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Group said.

"It tasks all of us to urge action but also to lend momentum by coming up with public-private partnerships that are implementable and scalable once an agreement is in place," Caio Koch-Weser, Vice-Chairman, Deutsche Bank Group said.

"We have cut deforestation from 27,000 square kilometres to 7,000 square kilometres which is the lowest reduction achieved in Brazil," said Carlos Eduardo de Souza Braga, Governor of Amazonas, Brazil.
"If you’re going to create a new mechanism, we must create a mechanism to get funding to communities like those in the Amazon and create policies to give them health, education, and knowledge for sustainable products," he said.

"We are losing this living fabric at a rate that is alarming," Sukhdev warned.
However, "We don’t see a framework coming into place," Koch-Weser said, calling for world leaders who are gathering Copenhagen to create a 100 billion euro fund to finance the low-carbon economy.
Over 80 business leaders and 40 environmental and scientific experts from around the world outlined a plan for stimulating a 'clean revolution' in the private sector within the next few years even as governments continue negotiations on a climate policy framework in the United Nations.
The World Economic Forum report, The Low-Carbon Prosperity Task Force, presented their findings to G20 leaders in September.

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