Reinfeldt assured the conference that environmental issues will be a priority when Sweden assumes presidency of the European Union in 2009, a time he described as ”decisive” in the negotiations on carbon emission reduction.
The Prime Minister said the European Union’s aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020 was key but would not be enough to ward off the effects of climate change, arguing that the US, China and India needed to ”commit themselves to actions”.
Mr. Reinfeldt said that climate change ”hits first through water”, quoting figures that over 1 billion people lack access to safe and clean water.
The week-long conference brings together over two thousand politicians, scientists and UN agency representatives. King Carl XVI Gustaf will attend the award ceremony at a Royal Banquet on Thursday at Stockholm City Hall.