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Obama launches major economies climate forum

world Updated: Mar 29, 2009 16:05 IST

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President Barack Obama has launched a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to give a boost to a historic agreement on climate change facilitated by the UN.Leaders from the 16 major economies including India are to participate in a “preparatory session” on April 27-28 in Washington to “help generate the political leadership” for successful climate change negotiations in December in Copenhagen, the White House said in a statement on Saturday.

The forum, the White House added, would encourage “a candid dialogue” between developing and industrialised countries and help “advance the exploration of concrete initiatives and joint ventures that increase the supply of clean energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”Denmark, which is hosting a UN meeting in December to create a new agreement on global warming to replace the Kyoto Protocol, and the United Nations were also invited.

The preparatory sessions would conclude with the Major Economies Forum Leaders’ summit, to be hosted in July by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in La Maddalena, Italy.The 17 major economies are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.