Governments mark time on global climate

Low-key talks prepare the way for autumn meeting of parties to UN climate change convention

Two weeks of low-key international discussions on climate change ended in Bonn, Germany, on Friday, marking the last formal preparations for the next conference of parties to the UN climate change convention, to be held in New Delhi in October.

The political highlight of an otherwise humdrum session came in discussions on the intergovernmental panel on climate change's third assessment report (EED 12/07/01).

Several parties, including the EU, Switzerland, Slovenia and Norway, said the report justified further actions against climate change, including launching talks on stronger emission reductions to be taken by more countries after 2012. Opponents such as Saudi Arabia blocked the move. The protocol itself does not require negotiations on a second "commitment period" to begin until 2005.

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