Tensions rise as ministers assemble in Bali

Opening statements upbeat but governments face difficult task to reconcile views on climate ambitions and technology transfer

The closing high-level segment of the UN climate talks in Bali opened on Wednesday with a series of upbeat ministerial speeches. But ministers face a difficult task to reach consensus on climate change ambitions and technology transfer by Friday.

"The eyes of the world are upon us," UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon told ministers. "The time for evocation is over, the time to act is now." Mr Ban reminded them of the strong call for action heads of state issued at a high-level UN meeting in New York in September (EED 25/09/07).

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