Buenos Aires climate change talks get serious

Ministerial segment of global climate conference begins; statements from UN, EU, NGOs

The high level section of climate change talks have got underway in Buenos Aires at the tenth conference of parties to the UN framework convention on climate change (COP 10). Ministerial panel discussions, with a particular emphasis on what to do after the Kyoto protocol's commitment period ends in 2012, began on Wednesday.

UN executive secretary Joke Waller-Hunter praised work done in the ten years since the convention came into force, but reminded ministers of continuing challenges. She highlighted in particular the need to tackle rising emissions from the transport sector, and for societies to prepare themselves for the "inevitable impacts" of climate change.

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