World ministers face hefty workload in Bali

Debate continues on ambition level for world climate policy roadmap, technology transfer and deforestation plans

World environment ministers are arriving in Bali for the final three days of the UN's annual climate conference. The most controversial element facing the ministers during the high-level segment of the event is the level of ambition that should be written into a roadmap for a new global climate policy by 2009.

Over the last week-and-a-half government negotiators from around the world have unanimously agreed that formal negotiations must be launched on a new climate treaty for when the first commitment period of the Kyoto protocol ends in 2012. And all except China have committed to an end-date of 2009 for the negotiations.

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