|Climate talks in 2010: On the road to Mexico
|11 February 2010
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The following are planned meetings in 2010
The 194-nation U.N. climate change convention will host a meeting of
senior officials in Bonn, Germany, from May 31-June 11 to prepare for
a main annual meeting from Nov. 29-Dec. 10, in Cancun, Mexico. The
Cancun talks are likely to group environment ministers, a downgrade
from world leaders at the Copenhagen summit in December 2009. Last
year there were five preparatory sessions of officials before
Copenhagen and the United Nations also staged a climate summit in New
York on Sept. 22.
CHINA, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, BRAZIL (the BASIC group)
Environment ministers from the four countries met in New Delhi on Jan.
24 and agreed to meet quarterly, with the next meeting in South Africa
in April. They called for five U.N. sessions before Mexico, with the
first in March.
MAJOR ECONOMIES FORUM (MEF)
A U.S.-led group of 17 major economies, accounting for about 80
percent of world greenhouse gas emissions. It met six times in 2009,
including at a Group of Eight summit in Italy. The MEF calendar for
2009 is so far blank.
GROUP OF 20
Same members as the MEF -- but adds Argentina, Saudi Arabia and
Turkey. The G20 has focused most on reviving the economy, including
promoting green growth. A G20 summit will be held in Canada alongside
a G8 summit from June 25-27. South Korea will also host a G20 summit
GROUP OF EIGHT
The G8 meets in Canada on June 25-27. Last year it agreed to set a
goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6F) above
pre-industrial times -- a goal adopted by many nations in the
A Danish-led set of informal talks, between up to about 40 environment
ministers from around the world, that started in 2005 and had a last
session in Barcelona in November 2009. Related talks have been dubbed
the "Southern Lights dialogue" in Argentina or the "Midnight Sun
Dialogue" in Sweden.
France plans a meeting on March 11 to discuss projects to slow
deforestation; Norway will host a follow-up in May. Trees soak up
greenhouse gases as they grow. Australia, Britain, France, Japan,
Norway and the United States agreed to a $3.5 billion plan in
Copenhagen to slow deforestation.