Thursday, 25 October 2007

Environment ministers target 2009 climate treaty

Filed under: News Watch Blog — Catherine Morris @ 08:55 PDT

BOGOR, Indonesia, Oct 25 (Reuters) – An informal meeting of environment ministers in Indonesia has accepted the need for negotiations on a new treaty to fight climate change to be wrapped up by 2009, a U.N. official said on Thursday.

The gathering of environment ministers and officials from about 40 nations this week comes ahead of a key meeting in Bali in December aimed at hammering out a new global climate deal to curb carbon emissions after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

“The meeting has indicated very clearly that negotiations need to be completed in 2009 and it will give enough time for ratification of the long-term agreement by governments and its entry into force before the Kyoto period ends in 2012,” said Yvo de Boer, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat.


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