| GEO World|
| Obama wants climate deal with 'meaningful steps'|
| Updated at: 0139 PST, Tuesday, December 15, 2009|
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama wants world leaders meeting in Copenhagen to reach a climate deal that imposes "meaningful steps" to combat global warming, a White House spokesman said Monday.
"The president is committed to pursuing an accord that requires countries to take meaningful steps," said spokesman Robert Gibbs.
Gibbs said Obama is "committed to pursuing an accord that requires countries to take meaningful steps to address the climate change problem."
He added however that work will remain to combat global warming long after the conference in Copenhagen ends.
"There's no doubt that there are issues that will remain outstanding for quite some time," Gibbs said.
His remarks came just days ahead of the conclusion Friday of the international summit, where more than 110 heads of state and government will try to clinch a deal committing major economies to curb emissions of heat-trapping fossil-fuel gases and generate hundreds of billions in dollars for poor countries vulnerable to the negative impact of climate change.