UN chief urges leaders to 'seal deal' on climate change
Ban Ki-moon: "The momentum for success is growing"
The United Nations chief has urged world leaders to "seal a deal" on climate change when they meet in Copenhagen next month.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he believed an agreement was in sight, with recent moves by some countries a positive step to cutting emissions.
Danish PM Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he hoped to see "money on the table" at the UN conference he will host.
Both spoke at a Commonwealth meeting also focusing on climate change.
The Copenhagen summit, from 7-18 December, will see more than 85 national leaders gather to discuss climate change.
"Our common goal is to achieve a firm foundation for a legally binding climate treaty as early as possible in 2010," Mr Ban told the Commonwealth leaders at their summit in Trinidad and Tobago where he was a guest.
"An agreement is within reach.
"We must seal a deal in Copenhagen," he said.
Mr Rasmussen urged developed countries to "put figures on the table" to help poor nations combat climate change.
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"The need for money on the table - that is what we want to achieve in Copenhagen," he said.
Their comments came after British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, also a guest at the Commonwealth meeting, proposed a multi-billion-dollar fund to help developing nations deal with climate change.
Mr Brown said the $10bn (£6bn) fund should also be used to help developing nations cut greenhouse gas emissions.
"We face a climate emergency: we cannot wait until 2013 to begin taking action," Mr Brown said.
Many Commonwealth members are island states threatened by rising sea levels.
Mr Rasmussen was optimistic about a deal being struck at Copenhagen, saying the summit was "capable of delivering the turning point we all want".
Made up of former British colonies, dependencies and other territories, plus Mozambique
Founded in 1931
Currently 53 members, with combined population of 1.8 billion
Headed by British monarch, but no allegiance to Crown since 1947
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