Climate Summit likely to fail?

Prospects for a positive end to the two-week Climate talks look gloomy as government ministers step in on 20 November

Prospects for a positive end to the two-week Climate talks in The Hague look gloomy as government ministers step in on Monday 20 November. The 6th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is trying to find solutions to the outstanding implementation issues of the Kyoto Protocol.

Last week's negotiations stalled on major differences between the EU and the US concerning the use of the so-called "flexible mechanisms" (forests as carbon sinks and emissions trading in particular). The EU wants to limit the use of these instruments to make sure industrialised countries take the necessary steps to really reduce their own emissions.

The Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change was adopted in 1997 and calls on governments to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 5.2 percent from 1990 levels by 2012. The Protocol needs 55 countries to ratify it before it can enter into force. Currently only 29 countries have ratified it.

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