Pachauri: 'Visionary Leadership' Needed to Forge Global Climate Deal

Will the visionary leaders please stand up?

If a global agreement on climate change is to be achieved in time for the next climate summit on Mexico, “visionary leadership” is needed to help the public understand that early action is significant in dealing with the adverse effects of climate change, according to the chief of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Copenhagen summit “did not yield” the anticipated results, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri wrote in an article. What emerged from the summit was the Copenhagen Accord, which, among others, has set out a climate aid target of some USD30 billion from 2010 to 2012 to assist the developing world in implementing mitigation and adaptation strategies.

However, the accord “does not have any status other than a collective expression of intent by the countries who reached agreement,” Pachauri said in the article that was published in the report of activity 2008-2010 of the Chirac Foundation. The Copenhagen accord was brokered by a limited number of nations led by the U.S. and China.

“To attain success globally would require leadership at an unprecedented level from several countries in the world,” he said. “There is evidence of a great deal of organized resistance which is manifesting itself in several places, such as delay in passage of legislation pending in the US Senate.”

“Visionary leadership” can help shift from a fossil fuel-based economic system to one that thrives on renewable energy sources, he said.

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