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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