U.S. Secretary of State Calls for Transparency in Action

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced in Copenhagen on Thursday that the U.S. would contribute to a $100 billion fund to assist poor and developing nations adapt to climate change and work toward a more energy efficient global economy.
According to the Washington Post, “Seeking to unblock an impasse in climate talks, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the United States would only commit to building the fund if nations gathered here for global climate talks produce an international accord that includes emission reduction commitments from both developed and major developing countries; financial and technological assistance for poor countries; and a way to independently verify the cuts all nations made.”
Earlier in the week Clinton, in an editorial for the New York Times , called for transparency in the climate agreement, a move applauded by many leading environmental NGOs. “Transparency—knowing whether countries are living up to their commitments— is the linchpin of an effective global effort,” said Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Read the Washington Post and New York Times coverage of Secretary Clinton’s announcement.

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