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China to host new round of climate talks in Oct

India
INEX The Indian Express
05/07/2010

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China will host an extra round of climate talks in October before a UN summit in Cancun at year's end as nations attempt to devise a post-2012 treaty, state media said today, quoting a UN official.

United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner told the China Daily that the world body was working with Beijing to organise the meeting in the eastern port city of Tianjin.

"China will introduce some ideas and opportunities to move the negotiation forward," Steiner was quoted as telling the newspaper during a visit to the World Expo in Shanghai yesterday. ||

"The extra session was added as all believe more preparatory talks would help nations reach more agreements during the year-end negotiations on which great hope (rests)," he was quoted as saying.

Yu Qingtai, Beijing's top climate negotiator, indicated over the weekend that China, the world's number one carbon polluter, would maintain its argument of "differentiated responsibility" for developing countries at climate talks.

"No progress can be achieved if we deviate from such a principle," Yu was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The dates have not yet been finalised for the Tianjin meeting, the report said. The next UN climate convention meeting will take place in Cancun from November 29 to December 10. Preparatory talks were held in Bonn last month.

"China's gesture is quite positive" and can make a "great difference" in laying the groundwork for the Cancun meeting, Steiner said, but stressed the Tianjin meeting did not mean Beijing alone would set the agenda.

"By hosting a UN meeting it doesn't mean China, as host government, will determine the negotiation results," he said.

Nations are seeking to overcome the acrimonious divisions that surfaced at the Copenhagen summit on global warming last year to agree on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

He Jiankun, vice-chairman of China's experts panel on climate change, said the Tianjin meeting was being organised because all sides saw a need for more preparation before Cancun, the report said. THE INDIAN EXPRESS (INEX)

 

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