Bali road map launched

The deal is in the bag! Ministers in Bali have approved the launch of formal negotations on a post-2012 international climate agreement. They also agreed a 2009 end date and a work plan for the next two years.

The text is identical to the draft tabled this morning with small changes to the wording of emission reduction responsibilities for developing countries as proposed by India. Approval became possible when the US dropped its opposition to these changes. 

Ministers are currently still in the plenary moving on to the draft decisions pertaining to the Kyoto protocol. But the atmosphere both inside and outside already seems to be one of relief and elation. Reactions to follow.

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