Extra U.N. climate talks set for April in Bangkok

OSLO Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:38am EST

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP16 in Cancun December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference COP16 in Cancun December 5, 2010.

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OSLO (Reuters) - Climate negotiators from almost 200 nations will hold an extra session in Bangkok in April to try to unblock work on a successor to the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol for slowing global warming, officials said on Friday.

They said that 2011 is likely to mark a slowdown in the overall number of U.N. meetings about climate change after a rush of talks since 2007 failed to come up with a treaty.

"The session...will be held in Bangkok from April 3 to 8," according to an official who took part in a video conference meeting this week. The Bangkok talks will gather senior government negotiators.

The meeting adds to an existing schedule of a June session in Bonn, Germany and annual talks among environment ministers in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011. Another session is likely to be added between Bonn and Durban.

In Mexico last month, ministers agreed steps including a deal to set up a new fund to channel aid to developing nations as well as a goal of limiting any rise in temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) above pre-industrial times.

Officials say talks in 2011 will try to fill in the details of many of those plans, including greenhouse gas cuts meant to help avert ever more floods, heatwaves, droughts and rising sea levels predicted by the U.N. panel of climate experts.

The biggest unsolved issue is finding a successor to the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, which obliges almost 40 developed nations to cut greenhouse emissions by at least 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 during the period 2008-12.

Japan, Russia and Canada have said they will not extend cuts beyond December 31, 2012 unless all major emitters -- led by China and the United States -- sign up for a binding deal. The United States never ratified Kyoto, arguing it would cost U.S. jobs and wrongly omitted binding goals for emerging nations.

Developing nations say that rich nations, most responsible for burning fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution, must extend Kyoto while they sign up for less strict curbs on their rising emissions.

Many nations doubt that a legally binding pact can be agreed soon, partly because of opposition in the U.S. Senate to calls by President Barack Obama for cuts in U.S. emissions by 2020.

Obama promised measures to promote clean energy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday but did not once mention "climate change."

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Comments (2)
snowcloud wrote:
I guess you didn’t get the memo…Global warming/climate change (whatever you want to call it today) is a complete hoax. These people are jokers wanting to control the population. Everyone is on to these clowns now.

Jan 28, 2011 3:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
phidrews wrote:
To snowcloud and to others that are going to speak of climate change as a “hoax” or make other snide remarks, please do your research from valid reputable sources before blasting such naive commentary. The world is much bigger than the United States, Democrats versus Republicans, and Fox News. Articles like the one above are reporting on actual negotiations taking place, that have taken place under the United Nations since the Rio Convention in 1992, and are made up of world leaders who are smart enough to fully educate themselves on the issues at hand. If you think that you are more knowledgeable than Ban Ki Moon, 150+ world leaders, and over 12,000 participants who took part in this year’s conference in Cancun, then by all means, let me know where you got your information. The article written above is well written and factual and the author deserves to be appreciated rather than slammed.

Feb 03, 2011 9:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
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