2007 Bali conference – photo by Evan Schneider/ United Nations Photo (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

On Friday the annual meeting of UN climate chiefs took place in Bali, Indonesia. Officials from over 130 countries met with the principal aim of establishing trust between China and developing countries on the one hand; and rich countries – especially the United States – on the other.

Despite the call for harmony, Chinese foreign ministry official Guo Zaofeng said developed countries had not lived up to their past commitments to cut greenhouse gases, nor had they provided funds and technology to poor countries grappling with climate change.


In November Cancún, Mexico will host representatives from 190 countries who will try to hash out some sort of binding agreement to deal with the effects of climate change – namely to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2C above pre-industrial levels. Current and soon to be ex-UN climate chief Yvo de Boer has expressed his doubt that such an agreement will be realized in Cancún.

The Bali meetings also dealt with the subject of the damaged credibility of the IPCC. An AFP article reports:

UN Environment Programme spokesman Nick Nuttall said at the meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that a body appointed by independent scientists would be set up to “review and strengthen” the IPCC.

Other issues discussed during the three-day meetings include marine health, as reported in the Jakarta Post:

The decisions on ocean recognized that oceans and coasts provide valuable resources and services to support human populations, and that the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources will enhance global food security and contribute to poverty reduction.

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Reuters – U.N. meeting moots WTO-style environment agency