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Bali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the outcome of the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, in which 187 countries today agreed to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on strengthening international efforts to fight, mitigate and adapt to the problem of global warming.

After almost two weeks of marathon discussions, delegates have agreed on both the agenda for the negotiations and a 2009 deadline for completing them so that a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions can enter into effect in 2013.


Global warming impacts everyone regardless of national borders, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to overcome differences and agree on a road map to tackle the issue.

Climate change “doesn’t care if you are coming from developing or industrialized countries,” he told reporters during a visit to Timor-Leste, warning that poorer nations will be hit hardest by the phenomenon.


Bert Koenders, Minister for Development Cooperation for the Government of Netherlands, called for adaptation funding from developed countries to be clearly in addition to ODA commitments. Speaking at a side event organized jointly by the Government of Indonesia and the UN Millennium Campaign, he cautioned that climate change should not become an excuse for developed countries to create more non-tariff barriers.


The UK and Netherlands, together with the World Bank, today announced funding
of up to £3 million (Euro 4 million) for a new research study that will
support developing countries to prepare for climate change.

The two governments will jointly fund the research study which will help
developing countries understand the costs of adaptation and how to prepare
for the impacts of climate change.

The joint announcement by Netherlands Development Minister Bert Koenders,
UK Environment Minister Phil Woolas and World Bank Director of Environment,


Climate change and global poverty are the key global justice challenges of our times. Both are serious challenges to the future health and prosperity of our planet. They must be combated simultaneously; we cannot take care of one before addressing the other. An effective attack on poverty and the ill-effects of climate change requires taking comprehensive action that encompasses both issues.


Small island States today called on industrialized countries to take a leadership role at the Bali Climate Change Conference and adopt targets to keep the world from warming past the point where catastrophic impacts would occur.

“No island should be left behind,” said Angus Friday of Grenada, the Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States. These vulnerable countries, he said, are already feeling the impact of climate change in the form of more hurricanes, cyclone and typhoons.


As he prepares to depart for the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders at the meeting – which he characterized as a “test of our collective will” – to negotiate an agenda to create a new deal to tackle global warming.

“Our ultimate goal is a comprehensive agreement on climate change that all nations can embrace,” he told reporters in New York, voicing hope that the Conference will yield a “roadmap to a better future.”


New Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, affirmed the importance of the Millennium Development Goals in his first press conference since the Federal election.

When describing his post-election conversations with world leaders, Mr Rudd declared that climate change and the challenge of achieving the Millennium Development Goals were two key areas he wished to work on.


The 2007 Human Development Report warns that climate change creates zones of extreme vulnerability in poor nations and will become a major obstacle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals if immediate action is not taken.