Vatican Represented at Climate Change Meeting

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia, DEC. 4, 2007 ( The Holy See sent a delegation to the 13th session of the U.N.-led climate change conference on the Indonesian island of Bali.

A communiqué released Monday confirmed the presence of a Vatican delegation at the Dec. 3-14 meeting, led by Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, apostolic nuncio to Indonesia.

"Given that the sessions of the Convention on Climate Change are held once a year in various countries," the communiqué reads, "the Holy See is usually represented at such meetings with a delegation led by the apostolic nuncio and made up of experts from the area, so as to take advantage of local resources and to achieve a broader and more differentiated vision of the questions being examined."

More than 180 countries are meeting in Bali to draft a climate change framework that will succeed the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that expires in 2012.

Other members of the Holy See delegation include Monsignor Andrew Thanya-anan Vissanu, nunciature counselor in Jakarta, and three local experts from the Philippines and Indonesia.