UN climate conference extends Kyoto Protocol to 2020 – UN conference on climate change.
After desperate attempts by the host country Qatar to save the talks, the UN conference on climate change has agreed to extend the life of the Kyoto Protocol, which controls the greenhouse gas emissions of rich countries, through 2020.
As the talks went into an extra day on Saturday and the President of the Conference of the Parties made a passionate plea to strike some deal before they pack up, nearly 200 participating countries agreed to keep the Kyoto Protocol alive for the next eight years.
The historic pact, which was agreed to by countries in 1997, expires this year-end. However, the new agreement only covers developed nations whose share of world greenhouse gas emissions is less than 15 percent.