MAKUHARI, Japan (AFP) – Twenty major
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda pror to their talks at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, on March 14. The world’s top 20 greenhouse gas emitters agreed Sunday to work together to draft a successor to the Kyoto Protocol but rich and developing nations remained divided on their roles.(AFP/Pool/Dai Kurokawa)
Envoys from the 20 countries, whoseaccount for about 80 percent of the global total, wrapped up two days of talks hoping to jumpstart negotiations on a successor to the .
“We reconfirmed the principle of common but differentiated responsibility in negotiating the next deal for 2013 and onward,” said‘s environment minister Ichiro Kamoshita, the meeting’s co-chair.
“It was made clear that there are a variety of positions among developed countries, emerging countries and developing countries,” Kamoshita told a news conference after talks ended.
Developing countries have insisted that they not be held up to the same targets as wealthy nations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
There are also disagreements among rich nations. The United States has shunned the Kyoto Protocol, whose obligations end in 2012, saying it is unfair by making no demands of developing nations.
Japan in July hosts the Group of Eight summit of rich nations which it hopes will make progress in the UN-backed goal of drafting‘s successor by the end of next year.