May 11th, 1990 Bergen conference – US and UK nix target agreements…

According to an official website  “The May 1990 Bergen Conference on Sustainable Development was attended by the Environment Ministers of 34 countries plus the EC Commissioner for the Environment. Hosted by Norway and co-sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Conference was one of a series of regional meetings1 held in advance of the June 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).”

Here’s what the FT had to say, on 11th May…

“As with many of these green conferences, almost anything – or nothing – could emerge from Bergen. The Norwegian Government is pressing participating countries to agree an ambitious communique which would, for example, commit them to stabilise emissions of carbon dioxide (CO), the main greenhouse gas, by the end of the century.
This would entail short-term cuts in CO emissions particularly from coal-burning power stations. But several of the larger industrialised countries, including the US and UK, have let it be known that they have no intention of agreeing global warming commitments at Bergen.”

Thomas, D and Hunt, J. (1990) Wave on wave of good intentions: The issues facing the world’s environmental diplomats Financial Times 11th May

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