12 Jun 2010

NZer elected vice-chair of Kyoto negotiations

9:19 pm on 12 June 2010

New Zealand diplomat Adrian Macey has been elected as vice-chair of the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.

Dr Macey was elected at the closing plenary of the negotiations in Bonn.

Climate Change Negotiations Minister Tim Groser says the election shows New Zealand is a highly regarded, constructive player in international climate change negotiations.

However, Greenpeace says Dr Macey was elected despite earlier objections by some countries that doubt New Zealand's commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.

The UN process reconvenes in Bonn in August for a week. The BBC reports there is likely to be another preparatory meeting in China in October.

Another UN climate summit is to be held in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of the year. An earlier summit was held in Copenhagen in December.