All eyes on EU as UN climate talks stumble on
11 Dec 2008
POZNAN, Poland (AFP) - UN talks on crafting a new climate change treaty inched forward on Wednesday, with delegates hoping the EU would spur the process by approving its own pact at a crunch summit.
The conference in the Polish city of Poznan, gathering more than 11,600 participants from around the world, reaches a climax on Thursday with the start of two days of ministerial-level talks.
Some 150 environment ministers and top government officials were expected, as well as UN head Ban Ki-moon and US senators John Kerry and Amy Klobuchar -- two figures seen as the eyes and ears of president-elect Barack Obama.