Bali gets ready for island’s biggest conference
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Security measures are being tightened in Bali as its hosts its largest conference this time next week, U.N. Conference on Climate Change. Some 15,000 delegates are expected on the island from December 3-14 where ministers and officials will work on plans to tackle the threat of climate change.
Bali Update (www.balidiscovery.com) said more than 7,000 Indonesian armed troops plus UN Forces would be on duty to ensure everything goes on smoothly.
It said regular tourists and conference participants should expect to encounter an “unprecedented level of security measures at the airport, hotels and public places across the Island”.
Traffic jams would be another problem, the report said.
The event is taking place at the Bali’s Nusa Dua Complex where security has been heavily fortified, the report said.
Delegates at the Bali conference are expected to negotiate an agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which is a legally binding pact limiting greenhouse gas emissions which will expire in 2012.
In his message to the World Tourism Organisation’s Assembly last Friday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said tourism has become more connected with issues at the top of the United Nations agenda, from terrorism and conflict to natural disasters, epidemics, poverty and climate change.
Among the theme the Assembly discussed are adapting to the impact of climate change, and limiting tourism’s own contribution to greenhouse-gas emissions.