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
"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 ...