Commissioner Hedegaard to attend Rome meeting of Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, will take part in a meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) in Rome on 16-17 April.
The MEF, which seeks to facilitate dialogue on climate change policy between key developed and developing countries, brings together ministers from 17 of the world's major economies which are collectively responsible for some 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions, plus a number of observer countries. The Rome meeting will provide an opportunity for ministers to discuss implementation of the agreements reached at last December's UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, and expectations for this year's conference, to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of November. A key focus of discussions will be the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, whose establishment at the end of 2011 formally launched negotiations on a new global climate agreement, to be finalised by 2015 and take effect from 2020, as well as a workplan to explore ways to step up the ambition level of global climate action before 2020 in order to keep global warming below 2°C. The Durban Platform will hold its first negotiating session next month. The EU wants the new global agreement to be ambitious, comprehensive and legally binding. Looking ahead to Doha, ministers will discuss the need to agree targets and rules for the second period of the Kyoto Protocol which starts next January. The MEF will also discuss climate finance for developing countries and the issue of equity in international climate change policy. Commissioner Hedegaard will have a number of bilateral meetings in the margins of the MEF.