Developing and industrialised countries will have to set aside their own interests for the sake of the common good if the global effort to tackle climate change is to succeed, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says.
The two-week Bangkok climate change talks, which start today, are an opportunity for countries to plan for tomorrow, Mr Abhisit told the United Nations General Assembly in New York over the weekend.
"Thailand will spare no efforts in ensuring that the Bangkok climate change talks will make tangible progress towards a successful Copenhagen conference," he said, referring to the climate change summit in December, Denmark, where countries are hoping to seal a new deal to combat climate change.
The Bangkok meeting brings together almost 3,000 delegates from over 190 countries to prepare the negotiating text for the new agreement.
The new climate deal will replace the Kyoto Protocol's carbon emissions reduction agreement that expires in 2012.
The main goal of the Bangkok talks is to shorten the 280-page text, which is the product of a series of negotiations held over the past 18 months, into a 20- to 30-page draft agreement for the Copenhagen summit.
Four key topics to be debated at the Bangkok talks include greenhouse gas emission reductions, adapting to climate change, low-carbon technology transfers, and financial mechanisms to fight climate change.
Thailand's 20-strong negotiating team is headed by Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti.
As a developing country, Mr Suwit said, Thailand wanted to see industrialised countries fulfil their pledges on greenhouse gas cuts and financial support for climate change programmes in poor nations.
Thailand's position at the climate talks will be in line with Asean's stance, and that of the Group of 77, to create a "common voice" for developing countries, said Saksit Tridech, permanent secretary for the environment.
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