The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference began on 3 December in Bali, Indonesia. With the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol set to expire in 2012, the two-week conference - the 13th Conference of the 192 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 3rd meeting of the 176 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol - is expected to result in negotiations for a post-2012 climate change plan. However, Indonesian Environmental Minister and Conference President Rachmat Witoelar pointed out that the conference in Bali would not deliver a “fully negotiated climate change deal.” He further stated, “Countries now have to agree on the agenda for the negotiations. This will cover the key areas for the new climate change deal and what the organizational and procedural arrangements are to get to this result.” The conference will cover the future climate change process as well as climate change acclimatization, technology transfer, and reducing emissions from deforestation.

On 7 December, China’s top government climate expert attending the Bali meeting, Su Wei, stated, “China is in the process of industrialization and there is a need for economic growth to meet the basic needs of the people and fight against poverty.” He went on to say that the job of curbing emissions belongs to the wealthy countries of the world.


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