U.N. Climate Change Summit, September 21, 2009, Copenhagen
During the week of September 21, 2009, nearly 100 heads of state gathered at the United Nations for a meeting on climate change. The meeting was the last opportunity to make much-needed headway on the issue before the crucial climate change summit in Copenhagen in December. India’s environment minister Jairam Ramesh, said that despite accusations from the West that India is an obstacle to international efforts to combat climate change, Delhi wishes to be “a
deal-maker, not the deal-breaker.” Ramesh specified that India could agree to “implicit” carbon emissions targets as part of a global climate change deal, by passing domestic laws containing concrete measures to control greenhouse gases as its economy grows. He went on to point an accusing finger at the United States, saying that the “inability” of Washington to put on the table credible emissions reduction targets for 2020 was causing the current crisis on climate change, and the fears that the Copenhagen summit would be a failure.