Australia gives early boost to Bali talks

Governments kick off fortnight of talks aimed at setting agenda for global post-Kyoto framework

The Bali UN climate change summit got off to a good start on Monday with the news that Australia has ratified the 1997 Kyoto protocol. The move means that all industrialised countries bar the US have now ratified the key international treaty on global warming.

Up to 15,000 delegates are expected during the two weeks of talks, whose main aim is to agree a "roadmap" for negotiating a treaty to succeed Kyoto after the protocol expires in 2012. The summit should also agree a timeframe for the negotiations. There is strong support for finalising a new treaty by 2009.

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