PARIS (AFP) - Ministers from economies accounting for 80 percent of the globes greenhouse gases met here Monday and heard warnings that the worlds destiny may lie in the outcome of a mooted climate change pact. French Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, opening the gathering of the so-called Major Economies Forum (MEF), pointed to the aim of forging a planet-wide treaty in Copenhagen in December under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The worlds destiny will probably be at stake in Copenhagen, Borloo said in a brief address. He spoke out against those who said the proposed deal would cripple the worlds economy. Copenhagen is not a retrograde vision, its not the start of negative growth, but a new start for strong, sustainable, sober carbon development, he said. The 192-nation UNFCCC process aims at securing cuts in emissions of heat-trapping carbon gases and setting in place a rampart against climate change. It would take effect after 2012, when the current provisions of the conventions Kyoto Protocol run out. But the negotiations-due to resume in Bonn on Monday-are extremely complex and have been hampered by many differences. The MEFs role is to try to identify common ground among the worlds biggest emitters and then hand this consensus back to the UNFCCC for approval. The Paris meeting of the MEF, which runs until Tuesday, will cover financing and the transfer of clean technology, Borloo said. The Forum was launched by US President Barack Obama last month on the back of a similar initiative by his predecessor, George W. Bush. Its participants include Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and the United States, as well as the European Union (EU). Denmark, as host of the December climax, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, are also invited to the dialogue. A summit of MEF countries will take place in Italy in July, probably on the heels of a G8 summit there, Washingtons top climate negotiator, Todd Stern, told AFP on Sunday. Meanwhile, the worlds top agency for animal health said on Monday that climate change was widening viral disease among farm animals, expanding the spread of some microbes that are also a known risk to humans. The World Animal Health Organisation-known as OIE, an acronym of its name in French-said a survey of 126 of its member-states found 71 percent were extremely concerned about the expected impact of climate change on animal disease. Fifty-eight percent said they had already identified at least one disease that was new to their territory or had returned to their territory, and that they associated with climate change. The three most mentioned diseases were bluetongue, spread among sheep by biting midges; Rift Valley fever, a livestock disease that can also be picked up by people handling infected meat; and West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquito from infected birds to both animals and humans. More and more countries are indicating that climate change has been responsible for at least one emerging or re-emerging disease occurring on their territory, OIE Director General Bernard Vallat said in a statement. This is a reality we cannot ignore and we must help veterinary services throughout the world to equip themselves with systems that comply with international standards of good governance so as to deal with this problem. In 2007, the UNs Nobel-winning experts, the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a landmark report that warned changing weather patterns could widen the habitat of disease-bearing insects. This would have repercussions for human health, in such areas as malaria and dengue fever, the IPCC said. The study was issued on Monday on the second day of a six-day general assembly of the OIE. The Paris-based agency, with 174 member countries and territories, is a clearing house of scientific information on livestock and sets down guidelines for sanitary safety and welfare in farm animals.