Poznań climate meeting yields little so far

UN talks agree work programme for 2009 but scant progress on substance as ministerial segment begins

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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