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Transport-related carbon dioxide emissions are expected to increase 57 per cent worldwide in the period 2005-2030, with the transport sector of developing countries; particularly in Asia and Latin America, potentially contributing about 80 per cent of this increase if nothing is done.  In developed and in developing countries, the rapidly expanding transport systems in developing countries needs urgently to be addressed.

The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), aimed at combating global warming and establishing binding emission limits for industrialized countries until 2012. The Protocol was initially adopted on 11 December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan and entered into force on 16 February 2005. As of November 2009, 187 states have signed and ratified the protocol.

In 2007, negotiators meeting in Bali approved the Bali Road Map setting COP15/CMP5 in December 2009 as the deadline for agreeing on a framework for action after 2012.

Read more in the Environment and Climate Change Topic Information Sheet on Climate Change Negotiations

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