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New climate change treaty negotiations begin in Bangkok

[JURIST] Negotiations on a new international treaty to combat global warming [EPA materials; NRDC Q&A; JURIST news archive] began Monday in Bangkok. The week-long negotiations, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website], are intended to establish an agenda [UNFCCC press release, PDF] for the negotiation of a new agreement to replace the expiring Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive].

Pursuant to the Bali Roadmap [PDF text; JURIST report] negotiated in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007, the 187 participating nations pledge to finalize a new agreement at an up-coming meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, by the end of 2009. The new deal is expected to enter into force by 2013, following the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. The New York Times has more. The UN News Service has additional coverage.

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