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Priorities for the Bali climate change talks

The inherent threat posed by climate change to the security of mankind is now beyond doubt.

The award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underscored the need for action now, before climate change moves beyond man’s control.

After a year of intense negotiations, nations are preparing to meet in Bali from 3-14 December. They aim to decide on the roadmap for a climate change deal beyond 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period ends.

Today’s roundtable will explore the current state of play in the climate talks, including potential building blocks for an equitable and effective deal in Bali, shortly before negotiators gather in Bali for the Conference of Parties.

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9:30 Coffee
10:00 Welcome by Christophe Bouvier, Director, Regional Office for Europe, United Nations Environment Programme
10:10 Introduction by the moderator, Ambassador Thomas Kolly, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
10:30 Presentations by the panel members:
• Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme
• Cecilia Ugaz, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme
• Annie Roncerel, Climate Change Programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
• Janos Pasztor, United Nations Environmental Management Group
11:00 General debate and question and answer session
11:50 Wrap-up by the moderator
12:00 Close