June 19 - A pledge by President Obama and Xi to fight climate change is a good first step but it’s still imperative to broker a global deal, argues World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
The work -- the Secretary General is doing on reaching a global agreement is just critical. We we cannot I mean you know people were traumatized accompanying and we know that this is a really difficult a meeting. But. Still a global agreement this critical. But in the meantime what ever we can do should be welcomed and you know I I think that. I was very encouraged by the agreements well and and -- and that but the thing didn't that is the most encouraging to me is that I know from talking with president Obama's people working on this issue. And from talking with senator secretary John Kerry. That the level of seriousness in the United States at the top in tackling this issue just couldn't be higher. And I really think you know as the extreme weather events occurred. You know in the midwest in the United States and you know as. It as as these hurricanes and he's he's begin to understand the implications. That. The other legislators will come around and -- looking -- I don't know how long we'll take. But I hope it's not too long and in China again did that that the -- the discourse. The public discourse is fundamentally shifted. In China so. Of these first steps are really important every time we see them they should be encouraged. Whatever agreement we can can come to should be encouraged. But in the meantime I I I I I I I don't think we should give up on the global agreements we have to keep pushing and trying to reach some kind of agreement.