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Climate Conference Approves Revised Draft of Delhi Declaration - 2002-11-01

Rich and poor countries meeting in India have overcome differences dividing them and approved a compromise declaration on global climate change.

Reports from New Delhi say the industrialized nations wanted poor countries to shoulder a bigger share of the burden in the battle against global warming. But after sustained opposition from China, India and other developing countries, the declaration dropped rich countries' demands that developing countries should make extra efforts to cut their emission of greenhouse gases.

After a delay of more than eight hours, environment ministers from 169 countries approved the revised draft they named the Delhi Declaration. The conference was held to work out final details of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on global warming, expected to take effect early next year.