On April 3, the Least Developed Countries (LDC), a group of 49 countries, reported that they are willing to adopt binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets as part of an international agreement planned for 2020. However, these reduction targets will be much smaller than the ones for more developed countries. Some of the Annex I group, including the European Union and former Soviet countries, also committed for emissions reductions without any pre-conditions; Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and the U.S. were the countries in the Annex I group not to pledge the greenhouse gas reductions. Some anticipate the LDC pledge will spur U.N. talks while others believe it will have no effect. LDC countries account for 12 percent of the world population and 2 percent of global man-made emissions.