While it was looking rather bad, the Montreal conference was the site of two victories: the survival of Kyoto after 2012 and the commitment of the United States to discuss the fight against global warming.
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which brought together 9.400 people, concluded on December 9 after 15 days of difficult negotiations.
Several countries, including Canada and France, on Wednesday called on the United States to stop standing on the sidelines of international efforts to fight global warming. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said on Wednesday that the greenhouse effect required a global response. No nation can isolate itself from the international community in the face of global warming, he said, welcoming a hundred ministers of the environment.