US President Barack Obama said
that the agreement would need to be built on in the future
and that "We've come a long way but we have much further
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
of Great Britain said "We have made a start" but
that the agreement needed to become legally binding quickly.
He accused a small number of nations of holding the Copenhagen
talks to ransom. EU Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso said "I will not hide my disappointment
regarding the non-binding nature of the agreement here."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy
commented "The text we have is not perfect" however
"If we had no deal, that would mean that two countries
as important as India and China would be freed from any
type of contract."
head of China's delegation said that "The meeting has
had a positive result, everyone should be happy." Wen
Jiabao, China's prime minister said that the weak
agreement was because of distrust between nations: "To
meet the climate change challenge, the international community
must strengthen confidence, build consensus, make vigorous
efforts and enhance co-operation." India's environment
minister, Jairam Ramesh, has
been reported as saying "We can be satisfied that we
were able to get our way" and that India had "come
out quite well in Copenhagen".
climate change ambassador called the agreement "disappointing".
The head of the G77 group of countries said that the draft
text asked African countries to sign a "suicide pact"
and that it would "maintain the economic dominance
of a few countries". The values the solution was based
on were "the very same values in our opinion that funnelled
six million people in Europe into furnaces". Representatives
of the Maldives, Venezuela, and Tuvalu were unhappy with
the outcome. Bolivian president, Evo Morales said that,
"The meeting has failed. It's unfortunate for the planet.
The fault is with the lack of political will by a small
group of countries led by the US."
the chair of the talks that led to the Kyoto protocol, was
also disappointed with the agreement made, stating: "Given
where we started and the expectations for this conference,
anything less than a legally binding and agreed outcome
falls far short of the mark."
Reactions: Non-governmental organizations
John Sauven, executive director
of Greenpeace UK stated that
"The city of Copenhagen is a crime scene tonight ...
It is now evident that beating global warming will require
a radically different model of politics than the one on
display here in Copenhagen." According to him "there
are too few politicians in this world capable of looking
beyond the horizon of their own narrow self-interest".
Nnimmo Bassey, of Friends
of the Earth International called the conference
"an abject failure". Lydia
Baker of Save the Children
said that world leaders had "effectively signed a death
warrant for many of the world's poorest children. Up to
250,000 children from poor communities could die before
the next major meeting in Mexico at the end of next year."
Tim Jones, climate policy officer
from the World Development Movement
said that leaders had "refused to lead and instead
sought to bribe and bully developing nations to sign up
to the equivalent of a death warrant."
of the World Wide Fund for Nature
stated: "Well-meant but half-hearted pledges to protect
our planet from dangerous climate change are simply not
sufficient to address a crisis that calls for completely
new ways of collaboration across rich and poor countries...We
needed a treaty now and at best, we will be working on one
in half a year's time. What we have after two years of negotiation
is a half-baked text of unclear substance." Robert
Bailey, of Oxfam International,
said: "It is too late to save the summit, but it's
not too late to save the planet and its people. We have
no choice but to forge forward towards a legally binding
deal in 2010. This must be a rapid, decisive and ambitious
movement, not business as usual."
from: # http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_United_Nations_Climate_Change_Conference#Governments