UN climate body meets in Bonn

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16 June 2004, BONN - Delegates from 188 countries began a ten-day meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) amid rising optimism that the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse emissions can finally be ratified and put into effect.

16 June 2004

BONN - Delegates from 188 countries began a ten-day meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) amid rising optimism that the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse emissions can finally be ratified and put into effect.

UNFCC executive secretary Joke Waller-Hunter said she was optimistic that there were finally positive signals coming from Moscow that Russia would join the 1997-drafted protocol.

The Bonn meetings are to prepare for the next ministerial conference for climate protection set to take place 6 - 17 December in Buenos Aires.

The Kyoto Protocol would oblige industrial countries to reduce their carbon emissions by the year 2012 by 5.2 percent from their 1990 levels.

Waller-Hunter said that in the ten years since the framework convention on climate change a lot had been accomplished but that much more needed to be done, including the buildup of renewable energies in order to reduce greenhouse gases.

DPA

Subject: German news

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