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Plan calls for permanent U.N. climate host

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London (UPI) Apr 02, 2010
A plan to find a permanent home for U.N. climate meetings could result in more work getting done and a reduction in travel emissions, British officials said.

The proposal, supported by Britain, would designate a permanent home for the Conferences of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The plan would create a permanent governing council and appoint a new head with greater authority, The Times of London reported Friday.

For the last 20 years, as many as 20,000 people at a time have traveled to cities in Indonesia, Morocco, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Denmark and other countries for meetings on climate change.

The jump to a new city distracts from negotiations and increases the amount of air-polluting emissions, the plan's supporters said.

More than half of the officials come from Europe, making it a likely home for a permanent center, though developing countries could argue they are overdue to host a U.N. institution, The Times reported.

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