Issue Date: Oct 15, 2006
leaders from 25 European and 13 Asian nations have adopted a declaration to fight global warming, among other things, at the sixth Asia-Europe Meeting Summit held at Helsinki on September 10-11, 2006. The summit is one of a series of meets held every two years since 1996. The leaders undertook to do their best to fight global warming, but sidestepped any decision on emissions targets beyond the 2008-2012 period, at present covered by the United Nations Kyoto Protocol. Environmentalists, however, see this declaration as nothing but regular rhetoric.