The United Nations chief has urged world leaders to "seal a deal" on climate change when they meet in Copenhagen next week.
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.
THERE IS A GREAT SENSE OF URGENCY - A RACE - NOW BECAUSE CLIMATEGATE HAS MADE THE AGW ALARMISTS REALIZE THEIR CHARADE MAY SOON COME ENTIRELY UNDONE.
THE ALARMISTS HAVE TO ACT BEFORE A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE REALIZE THAT AGW AND CO2 CONTROL ARE TOTAL SHAMS - MERELY STEALTH SOCIALISM AND STEALTH GLOBAL GOVERNANCE.
[ASIDE: THIS URGENCY IS NOT UNLIKE OBAMA'S/REID'S/PELOSI'S SENSE OF URGENCY WITH REGARD TO OBAMACARE:
THE RECENT ELECTIONS IN THE USA MADE THEM REALIZE THEY ONLY HAVE BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT SUMMER TO PASS THEIR SOCIALIST AGENDA BECAUSE IN NOVEMBER 2010 THEY WILL LOSE CONTROL OF CONGRESS.]
ABE LINCOLN KNEW WHY SCOUNDRELS LIKE OBAMA ALWAYS LOSE IN THE END:
"YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME, AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME BUT YOU CANNOT FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME."