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Leaders, ministers arrive in Poznan for high-level climate talks
    2008-12-11 11:45:05     CRIENGLISH.com

More than 150 world leaders and senior government ministers and representatives are arriving in Poznan in central Poland to focus on a global long-term goal for addressing climate change.

The ongoing Poznan climate talks will culminate in the high-level segment of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Thursday.

Campaigners from the environmental group Greenpeace urged the United Nations to secure a deal to tackle climate change at the conference.
Stephanie Tunmore is a Greenpeace international campaigner.

"What we are saying to them (environment ministers) is, while you are here, you speak on behalf of all the people of your country, they expect you to do everything you possible can to make sure that, by end of next year, we have a deal to protect the climate and to protect them."

Delegates from about 190 countries have been in Poznan for a two-week conference aimed at nailing down the details of a climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

One of the main points of dispute is a demand that industrial countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions some 25 to 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, 37 countries must bring pollution down to an average 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.



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