September 23, 2009

UN Climate Change: Pics of the Day

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice (R) talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations headquarters in New York, September 22, 2009.     REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES POLITICS)

The presence of Susan Rice and the absence of Condi Rice at this year’s General Assembly meeting speaks volumes about the shift in style and the decrease in hysteria in conducting U.S. diplomacy.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22:  Actor Djimon Hounsou makes remarks at United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's summit on climate change at United Nations headquarters September 22, 2009 in New York City.  The summit focusing on harmful global emissions is coinciding with the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.  (Photo by  )

Hell, fire and brimstone not withstanding, the global powers are moving pretty slowly.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd R) attends the United Nations Climate Change Summit at the United Nations in New York, NY, September 22, 2009.                  AFP  PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

As the Telegraph reported, Hu Jintao was the first Chinese President to address the UN General Assembly in 40 years. And though his speech didn’t deliver on anticipated emission targets, there is a growing acknowledgment this week that China is surpassing the U.S. in taking on an international leadership role, as least as far as climate change is concerned. This image captures the buzz as Hu, his people all around him — expresses enjoyment in his front row seat during this Kodak moment.

(image 1: Jim Watson/Getty Images. image 2: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters. image 3:Rick Gershon/Getty Images. United Nations in New York, NY, September 22, 2009)

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