World agrees road-map to post-2012 climate pact

Ministers launch formal negotiations, back 2009 end-date, set ambition and emission reduction goals

World governments agreed a negotiating framework to decide a new global climate policy by 2009 at the UN climate conference in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday.

The Bali road-map commits all developed countries to quantified greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and says "deep cuts" will be needed. Developing countries will commit to "appropriate mitigation actions" (see road-map summary in separate article, this issue).

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