Information for G00283
OPEN LETTER TO RT HON TONY BLAIR 23 November 2005
Document begins: OPEN LETTER TO RT HON TONY BLAIR 23 November 2005 Organised by IIED 3 Endsleigh Street London WC1H 0DD Dear Prime Minister We agree with you that climate change is "a major threat ". However, we are deeply concerned that UK policy seems to be drifting away from supporting legally-binding United Nations agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions. We urge you to do everything in your power to make a success of the Kyoto protocol to the UN Convention on Climate Change and to start preparing the world for an even stronger agreement after 2012. Technological development is not a substitute for clear targets that force the pace of change. Global leadership by the UK, currently holding the Presidency of the European Union and the G8, is key. But, to be effective, it must be credible and resolute. To lead the global debate, our own house must be in order and we must demonstrate that we are serious about meeting or exceeding targets already set. We should defend, not undermine, established UN agreements and step up the pressure on the United States and others to join mainstream international thinking and action on climate change. Rich country governments must also ...