The session was moderated by Dasho Paljor J Dorji, Advisor, National Environment Commission, Government of Bhutan. In his opening remarks, he said that the issue of getting an agreement and building on the Copenhagen Accord was important.
This was followed by a keynote address (video) by Mr John Kerry, the US Senator from Massachusetts. He thought it was a very significant development that America came to Copenhagen, and expressed hope that eventually America will lead the world in the fight against climate change.
He urged that science is demanding action from all of us and that America is working on climate legislation on an urgent basis. However, American politicians will demand the engagement of large developing countries like China, India, and therefore a collective commitment is needed. Citing McKinsey findings, he highlighted the emission reduction potential in India with almost a cut of 50% to be achieved by 2030 only by using available technologies.