MAJOR ECONOMIES FORUM DISCUSSES COPENHAGEN OUTCOME
The sixth meeting at the Leaders' representative level of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate took place in Washington, DC, US, from 18-19 April 2010. The event gathered representatives from 17 major economies, the UN, Colombia, Denmark, Grenada and Yemen. Participants discussed the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference held in December 2009 and looked ahead to the Cancun Climate Change Conference, which will convene at the end of 2010. The Chair's Summary from the event indicates that participants agreed that “smaller, informal discussions such as the Major Economies Forum contributed to success in Copenhagen and can facilitate and enrich the discussions under the UNFCCC,” while highlighting the need for discussions to be representative and transparent.
Looking ahead to the Cancun meeting, participants felt that countries should, at a minimum, agree on a balanced set of decisions informed by the Copenhagen Accord, and that work during the coming year should include the elaboration of the measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) and other transparency provisions of the Accord.
Participants were briefed on the Clean Energy Ministerial, which the US Department of Energy will host on 19-20 July 2010, in Washington, DC, US.
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