Friday, March 4, 2011

UN postpones "green fund" climate talks to April

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* U.N. puts off talks from March, missing deadline

* Asia, Latin America and Caribbean undecided on delegates

* "Green Fund" is part of drive meant to revive climate work

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, March 3 (Reuters) - The United Nations postponed until April on Thursday a 40-nation meeting due to start designing a green fund to help poor nations fight climate change, missing a March deadline amid disagreements about who should attend.

Groups of Asian and Latin American and Caribbean nations have yet to decide their delegates for the first meeting of a so-called Transitional Committee, which had been due to meet in Mexico this month to work on a "Green Climate Fund".

"The first meeting of the Transitional Committee...scheduled to be held on 14-15 March in Mexico City...has been postponed until the latter part of April 2011," the Bonn-based Climate Change Secretariat said in a statement.

"Further information will be provided soon," it said. Delegates say that many nations wanted to attending the talks, seeing it as a chance to gain early influence over the fund. Continued...

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