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World major economies wrap up Hawaii climate meeting
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15:41, February 01, 2008

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Representatives from 17 major economies plus the United Nations wrapped up a two-day closed-door meeting on climate change Thursday.

Known as the Major Economics Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change, the Hawaii meeting serves as a follow-up to the first round of U.S.-hosted climate change talks among major economies last September in Washington.

The idea of bringing together the world's major economies for climate change talks was initiated by U.S. President George W. Bush in May 2007, when the United States was under growing pressure to contribute more to solving the problem of greenhouse-gas emissions.

Although the Bush administration repeatedly said the Hawaii meeting is simply to supplement the UN efforts in battling climate change, there are suspicions that it is intended to sidetrack the UN climate talks and push forward its own agenda on the issue, which the U.S. government denies.

It said the meeting aimed to advance the UN agenda and provide new ideas to climate change negotiations under the UN framework.

At the climate change talks in Bali, Indonesia, last December, the U.S. government agreed to help constitute a new accord to replace the emissions-limiting Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

However, it is still resisting a global agreement on specific emission reduction from all developed nations.

At the meeting, participants discussed a long-term global goal and mid-term national goals for greenhouse-gas emission reduction which is consistent with economic development objectives. Issues about how to persuade all the major countries to take measurable, reportable and verifiable actions were also addressed.

They also exchanged ideas on collaborative technology development and deployment strategies, as well as financing for the adoption of existing clean technologies and the development of new ones.

Some 160 representatives from the EU, United Nations, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Britain and the United States attended the conference.

Source: Xinhua

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