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.