Canada’s environment minister says the Kyoto Protocol is yesterday’s climate deal.

Peter Kent told delegates today at UN climate talks in South Africa they should forget Kyoto and focus on a series of agreements reached last year in Mexico.

He says the Cancun agreements are more realistic, more comprehensive and will be more effective than Kyoto.

The 1997 Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of next year and countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Africa are pressuring wealthy nations like Canada to extend their commitments.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has also urged industrial countries to sign on for a second commitment period.

But Kent says Canada will not take on a second round of commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.