From: Associated Press
Published June 12, 2007 12:00 AM

Environment Leaders Meet in Sweden for Informal Talks on Climate Change

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Environment experts and ministers from around the world on Monday gathered in Sweden to informally discuss the options and possibilities of a new global climate agreement that would replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

Representatives from nearly 30 countries -- including the U.S., China and Indonesia -- had joined the conference at Riksgransen, some 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of the Arctic circle.

Sweden's Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren welcomed the informal dialogue as a way for activists and officials to share views without the pressure of writing policy or reaching agreements.

"If you can get a picture of a common vision and what elements should be part of it, you can support each other," Carlgren's spokesman, Thomas Uddin, said.

At the Group of Eight summit in Germany last week, leaders from developed countries agreed to draft a new climate agreement by 2009.

Rajendra K. Pachauri, an Indian climatologist and head of the international climate change panel, and Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, will present the result from the U.N.'s climate panel during the four-day meeting in Sweden.

The conference is the third of its kind. The first was held on Greenland in 2005 and the second in South Africa in 2006.

Source: Associated Press

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