Obama Sets International Climate Forum
Updated 5:18 p.m.
By Philip Rucker and Juliet Eilperin
Establishing a dialogue between developed and developing countries, President Obama today launched a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, with the group's first meeting set in Washington in April, followed by a summit in Italy in July.
Obama invited the leaders of 16 major economies, as well as the secretary general of the United Nations, to participate in the forum. The White House said in a statement that the forum was designed to "help generate the political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome" at the U.N. climate change negotiations to take place in Copenhagen in December, as well as explore "concrete initiatives and joint ventures that increase the supply of clean energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions."
Leaders will meet for the first meeting at the State Department on April 27 and 28 and will gather again in July in La Maddelena, Italy. Participating nations include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Denmark, which is hosting the December climate change negotiations, and the U.N. also have been invited to participate.
The new initiative represents a modified version of the Major Economies Meeting started by President George W. Bush and attacked by some industrialized and developed countries. When Bush launched the series of talks, arguing that major emitters across the globe could benefit by meeting outside the formal U.N. climate negotiations, several foreign officials accused the United States of seeking to undermine the U.N. process.
As recently as a couple months ago, key players such as South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, dismissed the major economies meeting process as dead. But Obama officials believe the talks could help forge a basis for a broader U.N. climate agreement in December, when negotiators will meet in Copenhagen to develop a pact aimed at cutting global greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted at 4:42 PM ET on Mar 28, 2009
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