Representatives from 17 of the world’s major economies met April 18 in a bid to reach a consensus on combating climate change and promoting clean energy in the U.S.-hosted Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. “Clearly, there is still a gap between the views of the developing and developed world, and we’re going to see if we can, through the course of this discussion, narrow that down,” U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S. compose the forum’s members. U.S. special envoy Todd Stern and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman are spearheading the event. Meanwhile, the U.S. also condemned the bombings in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which injured two American contractors working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, among others. “Those killed and injured last night were in Afghanistan working … on much-needed development, economic opportunity, and providing electricity to the people of Kandahar,” Crowley said.