Thursday, November 01, 2007

U.N. Hosts Post Kyoto Protocol Planning in Bali, Indonesia

The United Nations adopted its Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during its Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Now, 191 countries plus the European Economic Community are members of this UNFCCC. Its goal is to stabilize the amount of greenhouse gases in the air. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997 to reduce greenhouse gases below the level to prevent dangerous impacts upon the climate. The protocol was entered into force in 2005 and presently has 175 signatory countries. Compliance with the Kyoto Protocol promises to reduce total emissions by 5.5% below 1990 levels by 2012.

The negotiation process to formulate a climate policy after 2012 will be launched at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 3rd Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Bali, Indonesia, December 3-14, 2007. Bali is an island on the west end of the Indonesian Island, which is located south of Vietnam and Northwest of Australia. (Source: The Washington Post)

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