International Climate Change Meeting Opens Oct.29

October 17, 2001

The next major round of international negotiations on climate change is scheduled for Oct. 29 - Nov. 9, 2001, in Marrakech, Morocco. Some participants anticipate that the talks will be primarily technical in nature, hammering out details on policies developed in the previous round in Bonn, Germany. Others say the talks are just another round of posturing, and that no agreements will ever be reached.

The U.S. is scheduled to send a delegation. A cabinet-level review of the issue is still in progress. U.S. Department of State, Susan Povenmire, 202-647-3486. OES Global Climate Change.

Proponents of the Kyoto Protocol hope that the Marrakech meetings will move discussions along significantly enough that it can be ratified by September 2002 at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.