Poznań meeting takes small steps forward

UN's "blue-collar" talks agree working adaptation fund, small improvements to Kyoto's clean development mechanism

World governments have agreed a fully functional climate adaptation fund for developing countries and short-term improvements to the Kyoto protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) at international talks in Poznan, Poland. The decisions still had to be formally approved by the meeting as ENDS went to press on Friday.

"This is a blue-collar conference, it's about getting the job done, not about spectacle or breakthroughs," UN climate convention secretary Yvo de Boer said on Thursday night. Earlier the meeting made progress on deforestation and finalised work plans for next year (EED 11/12/08).

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