- Latin America can lead the world in low-cost biofuels
- We will not allow the Kyoto mistake -- leaving forests aside -- to be repeated at Copenhagen
- We are innovating on incentives for behavioral change -- and scaling up a successful program to change consumer behavior (concerning switching to energy-efficient appliances)
- Green development and social development must and can go together
- We will put together a Green Fund with country contributions tied to income per capita and emissions per capita (what a good idea -- the emissions part!)
- We have to create economic incentives -- get coal cost and forest value reflected in prices (my econospeak translation of what was actually said)
- We welcome Obama's commitment but we rely on our own leadership
What changed in the last 20 years? I would say: the science, the vanishing ice caps and other symptoms; the success of economic policymaking in Latin America and resulting price stability; and in most countries in the region two decades of democracy, rising educational levels, and civic activism; plus globalization and interdependence -- with their hefty mix of openness and vulnerability.
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