Agreement reached on Kyoto Protocol



Environment ministers from 178 nations meeting in Bonn, Germany, reached a broad political agreement July 23 on the rules for the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. The agreement, which came despite United States opposition to the treaty, keeps the protocol alive and on track for potential final approval later this year by the signatories.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who indicated he prefers U.S. participation, said he was basically pleased with the outcome of the negotiations. “I welcome the basic agreement on ‘core elements’ which has been consequently reached,’ he said.