Obama Invites 16 to Climate Change Forum

U.S. President Barack Obama has invited 16 major economies to take part in a forum on climate change in a bid to speed up work toward an international climate change agreement, the United Nations Environment Program announced on March 31.

The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will bring together key countries to speed up the negotiations and seal the deal on climate change at the key UN talks in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18.

Preparatory talks will kick off on April 27 and 28 in Washington D.C., followed by a summit of the 17 leaders in July in Italy, in the margins of the G8 summit.

The 17 major economies in the forum are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.