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Before the Climate Summit
October 22, 2008 By A.R.    
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The financial crisis around the world should not be allowed to thwart global efforts to tackle climate change, according to environment ministers from 40 countries who met in Warsaw to hold informal consultations in the run-up to a December climate change summit in Poznań, western Poland.

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 14) will be held Dec. 1-12. The Poznań summit aims to provide a forum for political discussion on climate change and lead to an international agreement on ways to counteract the problem.

More than 190 government delegations including environment ministers and officials from environmental, business and research institutions, along with the media, are expected to attend the Poznań summit. Apart from a general debate, there will be discussions divided into four themes: ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; ways to adapt to climate change; technology transfer; and funding. Polish environment minister Maciej Nowicki will chair the conference.

The Warsaw meeting held Oct. 13 in the run-up to the Poznań summit was attended by 40 environment ministers invited by Nowicki to take part in informal consultations designed to help work out a negotiating strategy for COP 14.

The ministers discussed two key problems-progress in meeting what are known as Bali Roadmap commitments for action against global warming and progress in developing a long-term agenda to tackle climate change.

One of the decisions made at the Warsaw meeting was that the ministers and heads of delegations from across the world would hold a roundtable during the Poznań summit to discuss "the implementation of long-term climate protection plans in order to prevent further adverse consequences of climate change."

The Warsaw meeting also discussed the ongoing financial crisis around the world. Nowicki said the crisis should not become an excuse for countries not to take action against global warming.

"By making joint efforts to overcome the financial crisis and tackle climate change, we can help the whole world," Nowicki said.
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