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FROM VOLUME 5, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1992
FOURTH TREATY SESSION
By most accounts, the fourth session of the
Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on a Framework Convention for Climate
Change, held in Geneva in December 1991, produced little substantial progress.
The draft text contains extensive bracketed portions which the participants have
acknowledged should be discussed. Left dangling are the thorny issues of
commitments of individual countries to specific reductions in greenhouse
emissions, and financial and technical aid to developing nations. While none of
the participants changed position significantly, the U.S. delegate did announce
that a draft national climate plan would be offered for public consideration a
year after the June 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. According to Global Environ.
Change Rep. (p. 4, Dec. 20, 1991), the plan would include federal
legislative and administrative measures, state government and private sector
measures, and steps to be undertaken with other countries. The next negotiation
session will be Feb. 18-28 in New York.
See Inside EPA, pp. 7-8, Jan. 3, 1992; Intl. Environ. Rptr.,
pp. 675-676, Dec. 18, 1991; and "Greenhouse Targets and Timetables: Lessons
from Europe," Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Dec. 6 (on the
situation leading up to the fourth session). A regular section contributed by
the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association in J. Air Waste Mgmt. Assoc.
(pp. 1566-1567, Dec. 1991) discusses progress in the third session (Nairobi,
Sep. 1991), and several themes equally relevant to subsequent sessions.
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