11/20/2007 - The success of post-Kyoto Protocol talks this December hinge on determining which countries must commit to limit greenhouse gas emissions and what the nature of those commitments should be, experts say.
The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that aims at climate-change mitigation, expires in 2012, 13 years after its adoption at a U.N. conference in 1997 and seven years after it officially came into force. On Dec. 3, delegations from around the world will converge on Bali, Indonesia, to develop a framework for upcoming talks on the treaty's replacement.
One of the key factors this two-week conference must settle revolves around the question of who must participate in curbing emissions and whether the final agreements will be mandatory or voluntary. Of particular concern is the possibility developing countries may be left off the hook, said Frank Loy, U.S. undersecretary of state for global affairs from 1998 to 2001.
"My personal concern is that (the conference in) Bali will do too much, (meaning) it will end up with some language that will excuse in some fashion the meaningful participation of developing countries," said Loy, now a board member at the Nature Conservatory, Environmental Defense and Pew Center for Global Climate Change.
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