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November 11, 2002
Volume 80, Number 45
CENEAR 80 45 p. 15
ISSN 0009-2347


Little Progress Made In New Delhi


Delegates failed to make substantial progress on several key issues during the latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations in New Delhi, India.

On the final day of the 8th Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, the ministers in attendance adopted a Delhi Declaration on Climate Change & Sustainable Development. This final draft, unlike its earlier counterparts, urges countries to ratify the Kyoto protocol--which establishes greenhouse gas reduction targets for 40 developed countries--"in a timely manner." However, the main thrust of the declaration is on adaptation to climate change.

The European Union had wanted the declaration to say that developing countries would, in the future, adopt emissions-reduction targets. However, the U.S. allied itself with Saudi Arabia in encouraging developing countries not to make any commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, even though total emissions from China, Mexico, and India are expected to exceed those of industrialized nations within10 years. The U.S. warned that deep emissions cuts would wreck the economies of developing countries.

The final document says only that each developing country should integrate "policies and measures to protect the climate system with national development programs."


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