Secretary-General's Remarks at Joint Press Conference with the Prime Ministers of Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, and Denmark plus the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 28 November 2009I highly commend the leadership of Prime Minister Patrick Manning (of Trinidad and Tobago). I am, together with PM Rasmussen, grateful for the unique opportunity of engaging with all distinguished Heads of States and Government of Commonwealth States
I am very encouraged by their shared desire to achieve a successful outcome next month in Copenhagen.
I strongly welcome the statement by the leaders, which was introduced by Prime Minister Manning just now. By this statement, the leaders have committed themselves to this crucial global effort for consensus and results in Copenhagen.
My message to all the leaders is quite simple: stay focused, stay committed and come to Copenhagen and seal a deal in Copenhagen.
We will be able to seal a deal that is ambitious, comprehensive and binding. A deal that satisfies the demands of science and will have an immediate operational effect, together with short-term financial support to the most vulnerable countries.
My meeting with the leaders of AOSIS (the Alliance of Small Island States) and Small Island Developing States, (SIDs) have again made me firmly convinced that we must give priority to the plight and challenges facing the most vulnerable countries in their efforts to mitigate and adapt themselves to these very negative impacts coming from climate change.
The momentum for success in Copenhagen is growing.
I am very much confident that most of the leaders are committed to their personal participation in Copenhagen. We need the political leadership at this time.
We have the technology and we have the financing. We know what science is telling us. The largest remaining part is still the political will.
We are united in purpose but we are not yet united in action.
Now, this is the time for world leaders to show that they united and committed in action
In that regard, I highly commend the leadership of Prime Minister Rasmussen. We must seal the deal in Copenhagen and we must support the Prime Minister's efforts.
Off-the-Cuff on 28 November 2009