Policy ForumClimate Change

Whither After The Hague?

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Science  16 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5511, pp. 2095-2096
DOI: 10.1126/science.1059490

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The U.N. climate conference in The Hague in November 2000 was adjourned without agreement. In his Policy Forum, Töpfer looks ahead to the forthcoming meeting scheduled from 16th July 2001 in Bonn. To meet the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol, industrialized nations must lead the way. Emission and sequestration policies must be agreed and implemented within a framework of transparent environmental standards that promote long-term benefit. Technology innovation and transfer to developing nations must be complemented by domestic action in the industrialized nations, and adaptation funds for developing countries must be made available.