Colombia presente en las Naciones Unidas

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“We understand the gravity of the climate threat. We are determined to act,” Mr. Obama told a United Nations meeting on climate change in New York. “And we will meet our responsibility to future generations.”

Mr. Obama sought to inject urgency into the negotiations, saying living standards and the health of the planet are at stake.

“The threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing,” he said. “Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it — boldly, swiftly, and together — we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”

Mr. Obama said that the world’s richest countries have a responsibility to provide financial and technical assistance to help emerging countries adapt to the impact of climate change. At the same time, he said developing nations responsible for most of the projected growth in global carbon emissions “must do their part.”

“Some of these nations have already made great strides with the development and deployment of clean energy,” Mr. Obama said. “Still, they will need to commit to strong measures at home and agree to stand behind those commitments just as the developed nations must stand behind their own. We cannot meet this challenge unless all the largest emitters of greenhouse gas pollution act together. There is no other way.”

In remarks at the summit, China’s President Hu Jintao said his country will combat climate change in the next decade by reducing energy intensity even as the country grows, while increasing its reliance on renewable-electricity generation and nuclear power.

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