COP17 Durban Climate Summit

Nov 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Global climate diplomacy was in transition as nations headed to Durban, South Africa for the 17th annual Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). We were witnessing the transition from a ’treaty before action’ approach to an ’action and agreement’ approach.

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:
  1. Agreement 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;
  2. Establishment 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;
  3. Commitment 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.
 

Video Blogs

Erwin Jackson provided real-time commentary via video blog throughout the Durban Climate Summit. Watch Part 6 for a summary of the outcome:

       

       

       


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