Legally binding targets on climate change by 2015?

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Pacific leaders sign a declaration committing themselves to urgent action on climate change. Members of the 15-nation Pacific Islands Forum finalize the Majuro Declaration, saying it should be a “game changer” in stalled efforts to address global warming. The declaration contains pledges on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and adopting renewable energy from each of the nations. Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak says the goal is to create the political will for the world to adopt legally-binding climate change targets by 2015. On Friday, PIF leaders will meet with representatives of 13 countries, including major polluters China and the United States, and attempt to sign them up to the declaration. The PIF will then present it to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to bolster efforts to forge a new climate agreement. European Union Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the Pacific nations were “setting a moral example” for the world.

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