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Climate change: success at Bali talks

UNFCC Bali conference logoAn historic agreement on a roadmap for achieving a global climate deal by the end of 2009 was reached in Bali today after two weeks of intense negotiations.

Developed and developing countries alike signed up to the agreement, which for the first time ever will bring together all the world’s countries to negotiate on a climate treaty to take the world beyond 2012.

The Roadmap sets out a clear and comprehensive agenda for negotiations and a timetable ending in 2009, as well as linking back to the work of the IPCC. In particular, all countries will adopt a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, including a long-term global goal.

UK Environment Secretary Hilary Benn, who led the UK delegation, described the Bali Roadmap as the most significant agreement to protect the world and its inhabitants since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.

Hilary Benn said:

“This is an historic breakthrough and a huge step forward. For the first time ever all the world’s nations have agreed to negotiate on a deal to tackle dangerous climate change concluding in 2009.

“It was the compelling clarity of the science and the strength of the case for urgent action that has made this agreement possible. But it was political leadership that made it happen. Our changing climate has changed our politics, because we knew that we could not let people down.

“We came here saying we wanted a roadmap that included every country and covered emission reductions from developed countries and fair and equitable contributions from developing countries. We leave here with all of this and more – a groundbreaking agreement on deforestation, and others on adaptation and technology. And against predictions these negotiations will be guided by ambitious goals for emission reductions.

“What we have achieved here has never been done before. Less than a year ago, many would have said this agreement was impossible. Now we must make it work, and in the next two years agree the detail of a comprehensive global climate deal that will take us beyond 2012.”

The talks also resulted in breakthroughs on deforestation, adaptation, technology, finance and the carbon markets. Action on these will begin almost immediately, and they will also form part of the roadmap to a future agreement. Further information is available in Defra's News Release issued today.

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Page published: 15 December 2007

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs