18 Dec 2009

Tuvalu PM pleads for climate deal

2:32 pm on 18 December 2009

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu has made an impassioned plea for a legally binding agreement on climate change at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen.

Many delegates in Copenhagen say the prospects of achieving a comprehensive climate change treaty at the conference are all but gone.

But Tuvalu's Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia says he can not wait for another conference as a decision for the survival of the vulnerable needs to be made in Copenhagen.

"Tuvalu's future, and the future of many millions of people, rests on a fully fledged legally binding outcome in Copenhagen. For Tuvalu's sake and for the sake of humanity, let's seal the deal, right here, right now."

Apisai Ielemia says he has been pressured over the last few days to accept a target of limiting global temperature rises to two degrees, but Tuvalu will not give in to the demands.

Tuvalu has been pushing for a goal of limiting global temperature rises to well below 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.