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South Korea wants to host 2012 climate talks

By Juliet Eilperin
COPENHAGEN--Hosting a global climate conference can be tough. Just ask the Danes. Among other headaches, you've got to deal with negotiators who snipe at your draft text, rowdy environmentalists who try to crash your barricades and dignitaries who arrive with elaborate entourages in tow.

Mexico is already committed to host next year's Conference of the Parties--and might have to host a mini-summit in the middle of the year, if former vice president Al Gore and others have their way. South Africa's on the hook for COP17.

So who wants to be the host of the U.N.-sponsored talks in 2012?

South Korea.

Rae Kwon-chung, South Korea's climate change ambassador, said it's "Asia's turn" to host the negotiations, and South Korea is willing to do so.

Unlike some of the other major developing countries who have feuded with the U.S. throughout the negotiations, South Korea has been pushing for an ambitious agreement in which emerging economies would put their commitments into an international registry that could be verified by independent third-parties.

"We need a paradigm shift to green growth," Rae said.

With that kind of talk, South Korea has a good chance of landing the 2012 climate talks. And depending on what happens in Copenhagen, they may not have many rivals in their hosting bid.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  December 18, 2009; 10:02 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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