“The high number of world leaders present here show that there is a political will to seal the deal. There is a heightened political will and there is a heightened awareness among leaders and the civil society and the high number of participants shows that there are many who want to see this meeting succeed,” he said.
In his keynote address to the leaders, he said: “More than 130 heads of state and government have confirmed their presence in Copenhagen – that is a clear proof that climate change has risen to the top of the international agenda. Every day brings new commitments to our cause – from industrialized countries, emerging economies and developing countries alike. We know what we must do. We know what the world expects.
“Our job, here and now, is to seal a deal … a deal in our common interest.”
Earlier, world mayors and local authority leaders called for a stronger role in climate change management.