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Published March 03, 2011, 11:03 AM

Climate negotiators discuss ways to curb global warming beyond 2012

TOKYO — Climate negotiators from about 30 countries and international organizations gathered Thursday in Tokyo for a two-day informal meeting to discuss ways to tackle global warming beyond 2012.

TOKYO — Climate negotiators from about 30 countries and international organizations gathered Thursday in Tokyo for a two-day informal meeting to discuss ways to tackle global warming beyond 2012.

Working-level participants of the Informal Meeting on Further Actions against Climate Change, co-chaired by Japan and Brazil, are expected to frankly exchange views on how to advance negotiations toward the next round of a U.N. climate conference scheduled for November and December in South Africa.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, is among the participants.

The meeting is expected to address a new global framework to combat climate change after the current commitment period for developed countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012.

The negotiators will also talk about issues such as financial and technical aid to help developing countries adapt to the negative impact of climate change, ways to monitor emissions-cut efforts and forest conservation to slash emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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