UN Climate Change Conference in Bali

UN Climate Change Conference in BaliFrom the 3-14 December 2007, Bali, will be the host for this most important conference of the year with more than 15,000 delegates from 168 countries attending the event - and officially more than 7,000 Indonesian armed troops and uncounted numbers of undercover agents from other parts of the world - and also many other visitors interested in environmental issues. While Ubud will not be the centre of attraction it will see its fair share of events before, during and after the conference ranging from special art exhibitions (Tony Raka gallery) to demonstrations of environmental projects in the area (Rotary Ubud waste management project). See also the constantly updated Ubud calendar of events on this page for more information about the different events.

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the conference, writes in his official invitation to the world: Bali, the “island of the Gods” is a prime example of the beauty of our natural environment. At the same time, Indonesia has first-hand experience of the extreme weather events caused by climate change. Bali is therefore a poignant setting for the forthcoming crucial international negotiations on the way forward to save our planet from the devastating effects of global warming.

The Bali conference will be the culmination of a momentous twelve months in the climate debate and needs a breakthrough in the form of a roadmap for a future climate change deal. Early in the year, scientific evidence of global warming, as set out in the fourth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), put the reality of human-induced global warming beyond any doubt. What we are facing is not only an environmental problem, but has much wider implications: For economic growth, water and food security, and for people's survival - especially those living in the poorest communities in developing countries. The recent joint award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC for its work in disseminating knowledge on climate change further underlines the implications for overall peace and security."

The spirit of Bali lies in the appreciation of its people for “Ibu Pertiwi” (mother earth) and also in the principle of collectivity. In this spirit, we must take a collective step forward in establishing a roadmap for a post-2012 agreement."

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C.H. said...

Making our planet a cleaner place is definetely a very good thing but I don't think global warming is something we can stop. It's probably a natural cycle.