Straight talking: Another country must take on climate leadership

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WORLDWIDE: I was back at UN headquarters in New York in June for the first Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL), part of UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon’s initiative to achieve universal access to modern energy and double the efficiency and renewable-energy penetration in the global energy supply, all by 2030.

The goals are ambitious enough, yet they also reflect the parlous state of international action on … well … just about everything.

Gone are the days when governments got together, negotiated hard, and in the end made legally binding agreements. While the SE4ALL initiative does have clear targets and a timetable, there was not even any discussion of international mechanisms that would give them a fighting chance of happening, never mind legally binding measures to ensure that they do.