Climate Change

Meeting of the Major Economies Forum in London

On October 18 and 19

Té / 29 September 2009

UK will host pre-Copenhagen talks. The world’s major economies meet in London in October in an attempt to boost stalling climate negotiations, "COP 15 Copenhagen" said.

A meeting of the world’s major economies to boost international negotiations ahead of December’s UN climate change conference in Copenhagen will take place in London on October 18 and 19.

The meeting of the so-called Major Economies Forum (MEF) will cover most of the climate issues discussed in the official UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) talks, the British Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a statement.

Although not an official part of the negotiations, the MEF meeting “will provide valuable contribution toward Copenhagen if developed and developing countries can reach a shared understanding and build consensus on some general principles”, the statement said, and added:

"Real commitment from all countries is needed to secure a breakthrough deal."

A spokeswoman for the department said the MEF was likely to meet again on two occasions before the Copenhagen conference where some 190 nations are set to negotiate a successor to the emissions-capping Kyoto Protocol.

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