Ministers from 17 developed and developing countries will be coming to Washington, DC next week (April 27-28) for the Major Economies Forum (MEF). This will be the first of three reported meetings of this “forum” through June of this year -- the next one is scheduled for Mexico -- culminating in a “Leaders meeting” around the G8 meeting in July (or maybe later). Coming out of the recent climate negotiations in Bonn, this forum has become even more important in helping “move from rhetoric to agreement” in Copenhagen later this year.
This forum will bring together countries representing:
- •Over 80% of the world’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion;
- •94% of the greenhouse gas emissions from all developed countries;
- •Over 60% of developing country greenhouse gas emissions; and
- •Almost 60% of the world’s economic output (all values from the World Resources Climate Analysis Indicator Tool).
So to say that these countries are crucial to solving global warming is a huge understatement. Continued...