Panama to host U.N. climate talks in October

Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:51am GMT

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) - The last round of U.N. climate talks before an annual summit in South Africa this year will be held in Panama, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change said on its website.

The inter-sessional meeting to be held in Panama City from October 1 to 7 will be another opportunity for countries to make progress on a global climate change deal.

Participants will aim for a full climate deal this year in Durban, South Africa, after two past attempts.

U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders failed to agree a binding pact at a summit in Copenhagen in 2009.

Rich economies are reluctant to make substantial cuts in their emissions beyond 2012 without commitments from big developing economies such as China and India to also curb their fast-rising emissions.

(Reporting by Nina Chestney; editing by Jason Neely)


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