TODAY   |  December 17, 2009

Obama speaks at climate-change summit

Dec. 18: President Obama addresses the leaders of nations attending the climate-change conference in Copenhagen, urging countries to step up before it is too late. NBC’s Ann Thompson reports.

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>> and good morning to all of you.

>>> also in the news this morning, president obama 's joining world leaders working despite setbacks to reach an agreement on climate change , and today the head of the u.n. pressed for a deal, saying the world is watching. nbc's chief environmental affairs correspondent is in copenhagen. where does this effort now stand?

>> reporter: well, ann, president obama just scolded delegates for not reaching an agreement on climate change . he said he came here to act, not talk, and he outlined what he thinks can be accomplished yet today. he foresees an agreement of decisive action by major economies to cut carbon emissions , financing for poor countries to adapt for climate change and independent verification of carbon emission reductions. that's the sticking point between the u.s. and china. the president said the united states is here ready to get this done today, but there has to be movement on all sides. this afternoon he meets with the chinese premier . we'll see if that works. stay tuned. things are changing rapidly. ann?

>> all right, anne thompson , thanks so much for your reporting this morning.

>>> also in the news today,