|Israel backs out of UN environmental conference over security concerns|
Bali, Indonesia will play host to a major United Nations Climate Change Conference from 3 - 14 December 2007.
Representatives from over one hundred eighty countries will convene to discuss this massive global problem, notably Israel will be absent from this conference.
The conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, includes the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its subsidiary bodies, as well as, the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol.
The Kyoto Protocol was adopted at the third Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in 1997. It required member parties to take measures to stabilise their nations dangerous emissions.
The UN has recently released reports that indicate increasingly rising levels of global warming with reaching effects worldwide. Although Israel was not one of the nations that the UN ordered to reduce greenhouse emissions, the conference was still seen as to be of vital importance to environmentalists in Israel.
Despite the fact that Israel is a clear leader in enviromental technologies, and global warming is a problem that has grown on a global scale, Israel will not send a representative. They commented that the cost for security was too high as announced by Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra.
(Issue December 2007 / Jnuary 2008)