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French President Slams Copenhagen Summit

March 11, 2010

Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, called for United Nations reform and ripped the international organization’s efforts to enact climate change during a one-day conference on deforestation held Thursday in Paris.

Sarkozy called last December’s Copenhagen summit on climate change “an example of bad management,” according to a March 11, 2010 AFP article.

The French president called the original draft of a treaty to control carbon emissions “volapuk” or nonsense language, and called the outcome of the negotiations, which was a nonbinding agreement that promised to limit warming but offered to suggestions on how to accomplish that goal, “frustrating.”

He also called upon wealthier nations to offer more money to help fight deforestation while also calling for private sector companies to contribute funds to the effort as well. Sarkozy also called again for a tax on global financial market transactions, which would then be used to help establish a worldwide fund to help fight global warming.

Sarkozy also called for changes to the UN, saying that while it was important to give all countries a forum to discuss issues such as climate change, “it’s not working…I am certain that we need to reform the United Nations, otherwise the United Nations will end up in an impasse.”

He also called for a representative group to replace the current unanimous approval currently required during UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations.

Representatives from more than 60 countries were in attendance at the one-day seminar. Another conference on the forest preservation issues will be held in May 2010 in Oslo, Norway. The UN will host another global summit on climate change in December at Cancun, Mexico.

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