Special Report: Fight against Global Warming
BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- No Western suit and tie, Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC), gave a press conference at the Bali International Convention Center here on Sunday ahead of the opening of the U.N. climate change conference.
De Boer, wearing a casual shirt, has set a good example for others to follow suit to echo the conference's theme of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
An information posted on the website of the UNFCCC said that "in consultation with the host country and responding to numerous queries from participants, the Climate Change Secretariat would like to propose that the dress code for participants at the upcoming Conference be adapted to take into account the warm and humid conditions in Bali.
The temperature in Bali ranges from 26 degrees centigrade to 30degrees centigrade at this time of year and humidity is over 80 percent.
UNFCCC secretariat hopes that "Amending the dress code will allow participants to conduct discussions in a more comfortable environment, as well as limit the use of air conditioning and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
The U.N. climate conference, to open on Monday, is tasked with launching negotiations on a new climate change regime to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which will expire in 2012.
Officials of the organizing committee said more than 10,000 people from some 180 countries have confirmed their attendance at the conference, including 130 environment ministers and five heads of state and government, plus Australian Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd and U.S. former vice president and 2007 Nobel Prize co-winner, Al Gore.
The conference will be held from Dec. 3 to 14.