BANGKOK, Thailand, April 6, 2011 (ENS) – The first round of UN climate change talks since the Cancun summit in December is underway in Bangkok this week.
Negotiators from 173 governments are supposed to build on the Cancun agreements and work towards establishing a new global climate change regime, to extend or replace the Kyoto Protocol, when its first commitment period expires at the end of 2012.
The talks are taking place as unprecedented heavy flooding in southern Thailand has claimed the lives of more than 50 people.
The floods were likely caused by climate change, Thailand’s deputy chief negotiator for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said as talks opened on Sunday.
The 1978 flood destroyed 550,000 homes in Thailand.