Dec 09, 2009 - 12:00amThe
Climate Institute has released a policy brief to explain the main
outcomes of the latest UN climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa.
The talks produced significant progress and have important implications
for Australia’s domestic climate change policies as we enter 2012 and
head towards a legally binding agreement by 2015.
Here are the key elements, which are further examined in the brief:
The 2011 Durban Climate Summit ended with the adoption of a set of 37
formal UN decisions dealing with a wide range of issues related to
international cooperation on climate change. Most importantly, it
delivered important progress in three key areas:
to negotiate a single, legally binding agreement by 2015 that will
cover all major carbon pollution emitters including, most importantly,
China, India and the United States;
of the Green Climate Fund, building on the commitment made in Cancun to
raise US$100 billion a year to help the world’s poorest nations invest
in clean energy and manage the unavoidable impacts of climate change;
from all countries to increase the level of ambition of national
efforts to reduce pollution, building on the formal recognition that
existing commitments are not enough to keep global warming below 2 °C or
1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
Erwin Jackson provided real-time commentary via video blog throughout the Durban Climate Summit. Watch Part 6 for a summary of the outcome: