European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard urges world leaders attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro this June to double the share of renewable energy they use by 2030 and give all citizens access to sustainable power.
Back in 1992, Rio hosted the first conference, known as the Earth Summit, where 108 heads of state attended to set up the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in effort to stabilize increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Bloomberg reports that Hedegaard declined to comment on whether or not the promises made should be legally binding. As certain nations are attempting to make the commitments enforceable, China and India seem to be in opposition. India’s Environmental Minister Jayanthi Natarajan believes richer nations should “shoulder the larger burden so poorer countries that weren’t responsible for emissions in the past aren’t saddled with measures to combat climate change.”
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