The first session of this year's annual UN climate conference has produced little tangible progress towards a new global climate deal. Ten days of technical discussions closed on Wednesday evening ahead of two days of ministerial-level talks. A work programme for next year's talks is the main outcome so far.
Negotiators nevertheless remained optimistic for the high-level segment which began on Thursday. EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said he expected the meeting to approve short-term improvements to the clean development mechanism (CDM) and to get an adaptation fund for developing countries up and running (EED 08/12/08).
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