Representatives from the world's biggest economies will meet again in the coming months to go over ways to tackle climate change, the top U.S. climate negotiator said on Tuesday.
Todd Stern, President Barack Obama's lead negotiator at international climate change talks, said the U.S.-sponsored Major Economies Forum would gather again in the aftermath of the December U.N. summit in Copenhagen, which concluded an "accord" on global warming but not a binding treaty.
"We do plan to do an MEF meeting," Stern told reporters after speaking at a climate conference on Tuesday.
"We ... haven't set the date yet, but I'm sure it will be in the spring," he said.
Stern said the United States would co-chair the meeting and that it would likely be held in another country.
The forum is seen as one avenue to help prod along international talks to curb greenhouse gas emissions blamed for heating the Earth, but Stern, who lamented some of the limitations in the U.N. process, said it would not seek to circumvent the United Nations.
"We've never regarded it, and I don't think anybody else has regarded it, as a negotiating forum. It's a discussion forum," he said. "It's not an alternative forum where things are going to be decided."
The forum groups 17 of the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases. It met several times last year.
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