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Hot Spot: the Kyoto Protocol

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From 18 until 27 July the second part of the sixth session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Bonn. With Jan Pronk, the Dutch minister of Housing and the Environment, in the chair, the parties of the Kyoto Protocol will again try to reach an agreement on limiting of the emission of greenhous gases. In november 2000 in The Hague they failed to agree on this.

The Kyoto Protocol, drawn up in 1997, has by now been signed by 84 countries. It was one of the follow-ups of Earth Summit, the UN conference on environment and development, in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Next year this conference will be reviewed, as Rio + 10, in Johannesburg.

The prospects for the Bonn conference are not favourable, owing to the attitude of the American government. President George W. Bush has declared that ratification of the Kyoto Protocol will be harmful to the economic development of the US. During the conference much will therefore depend on the attitude of Japan.

 Last modified: 3 July 2001
Editor: Bert Zeeman
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