Climate change forum planned at Washington

US President Barack Obama announced a forum on climate change at the end of April at Washington with representatives from the world's 16 major economies and the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. It will focus on increasing the supply of clean energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The world's major economies include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa the UK and the US.

The White House's statement announced that the forum aims to create dialogue between nations and "help generate the political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome at the UN climate change negotiations that will convene this December in Copenhagen".

United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 is organized to settle an international agreement to take over from the Kyoto Protocol. The first round of negotiations this year are taking place in Bonn (Germany), 29 March-8 April.