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UN Bali Meeting Should Map Out New Climate Treaty

Source:  Copyright 2007, Reuters
Date:  June 15, 2007
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Environment officials from 28 nations meeting in Sweden agreed on Thursday that December's United Nations climate conference should be used to craft a firm timetable for talks on a pact to replace the Kyoto agreement.

Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said delegates were united in saying rich nations must lead the fight against greenhouse gases blamed for global warming while encouraging poorer ones to adopt achievable, voluntary targets.

"We should create stimulus for a future climate strategy, for them (developing countries) to really be able to do measurable and reportable emission cuts," he said by video link from the meeting.

The world's eight richest nations agreed earlier this month to make substantial cuts in emissions and to work to clinch a new deal to fight global warming by 2009. The Kyoto pact on greenhouse emissions expires in 2012.

The Kyoto protocol obliges 35 rich ...

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