World climate meeting opens in Poznań

Annual UN conference kicks off with calls for quicker pace towards new global climate deal, delivery on short-term issues

Government representatives from the 186 parties to the UN framework convention on climate change (Unfccc) began a fortnight of talks on Monday in Poznan, Poland. The event marks the half-way point to a new global climate treaty through a process launched in Bali last year (EED 17/12/08) and set to culminate in Copenhagen in 2009.

This year's meeting is expected to deliver a first negotiating text for a new global climate deal in 2009 and short-term improvements to the clean development mechanism (CDM) (EED 17/11/08). Ministers will convene for a two-day high-level segment on 11-12 December.

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