Clinton Announcement “Sets Up an Important Moment for the World”

Big news from the international climate treaty talks in Copenhagen, Denmark. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States will contribute to a $100 billion fund to help developing nations deal with climate change — provided that an effective international climate agreement is reached.

Jeremy Symons, the National Wildlife Federation’s senior vice president, is monitoring the talks from Copenhagen. Here’s what he had to say:

Secretary of State Clinton’s announcement today sets up an important moment for the world that for the first time offers a clear path forward to cut pollution, protect tropical forests and provide humanitarian aid to those in harm’s way. As the world’s leaders converge tomorrow, they have an historic opportunity to break through years of stalemate. President Obama continues to show his leadership on climate change at every opportunity. His personal engagement is needed now more than ever, and he is coming to Copenhagen at just the right time.

One great resource for keeping up on the latest climate treaty talks: Grist in Copenhagen.

Photo via Flickr’s Andy Revkin

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Published: December 17, 2009