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By most accounts, the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on a Framework Convention for Climate Change, held in Geneva in December 1991, produced little substantial progress. The draft text contains extensive bracketed portions which the participants have acknowledged should be discussed. Left dangling are the thorny issues of commitments of individual countries to specific reductions in greenhouse emissions, and financial and technical aid to developing nations. While none of the participants changed position significantly, the U.S. delegate did announce that a draft national climate plan would be offered for public consideration a year after the June 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. According to Global Environ. Change Rep. (p. 4, Dec. 20, 1991), the plan would include federal legislative and administrative measures, state government and private sector measures, and steps to be undertaken with other countries. The next negotiation session will be Feb. 18-28 in New York.

See Inside EPA, pp. 7-8, Jan. 3, 1992; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 675-676, Dec. 18, 1991; and "Greenhouse Targets and Timetables: Lessons from Europe," Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Dec. 6 (on the situation leading up to the fourth session). A regular section contributed by the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association in J. Air Waste Mgmt. Assoc. (pp. 1566-1567, Dec. 1991) discusses progress in the third session (Nairobi, Sep. 1991), and several themes equally relevant to subsequent sessions.

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