Climate Change

UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun delivers balanced package of decisions, restores faith in multilateral process

Document : UNFCCC press release

Témoignages.re / 13 December 2010

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world, UNFCCC executive secretary said.

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.

The package, dubbed the "Cancun Agreements" was welcomed to repeated loud and
prolonged applause and acclaim by Parties in the final plenary.

"Cancun has done its job. The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the
multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored," said UNFCCC Executive
Secretary Christiana Figueres. "Nations have shown they can work together under a common
roof, to reach consensus on a common cause. They have shown that consensus in a transparent
and inclusive process can create opportunity for all," she said.

"Governments have given a clear signal that they are headed towards a low-emissions
future together, they have agreed to be accountable to each other for the actions they take to
get there, and they have set it out in a way which encourages countries to be more ambitious
over time, she said.

Nations launched a set of initiatives and institutions to protect the poor and the vulnerable
from climate change and to deploy the money and technology that developing countries need to
plan and build their own sustainable futures. And they agreed to launch concrete action to
preserve forests in developing nations, which will increase going forward.

They also agreed that countries need to work to stay below a two degree temperature
rise and they set a clear timetable for review, to ensure that global action is adequate to meet
the emerging reality of climate change.

"This is not the end, but it is a new beginning. It is not what is ultimately required but it is
the essential foundation on which to build greater, collective ambition," said Ms. Figueres.

Elements of the Cancun Agreements include:

- Industrialised country targets are officially recognised under the multilateral process and
these countries are to develop low-carbon development plans and strategies and assess
how best to meet them, including through market mechanisms, and to report their
inventories annually.

- Developing country actions to reduce emissions are officially recognised under the
multilateral process. A registry is to be set up to record and match developing country
mitigation actions to finance and technology support from by industrialised countries.
Developing countries are to publish progress reports every two years.

- Parties meeting under the Kyoto Protocol agree to continue negotiations with the aim of
completing their work and ensuring there is no gap between the first and second
commitment periods of the treaty.

- The Kyoto Protocolís Clean Development Mechanisms has been strengthened to drive
more major investments and technology into environmentally sound and sustainable
emission reduction projects in the developing world.

- Parties launched a set of initiatives and institutions to protect the vulnerable from climate
change and to deploy the money and technology that developing countries need to plan
and build their own sustainable futures.

- A total of $30 billion in fast start finance from industrialised countries to support climate
action in the developing world up to 2012 and the intention to raise $100 billion in long-
term funds by 2020 is included in the decisions.

- In the field of climate finance, a process to design a Green Climate Fund under the
Conference of the Parties, with a board with equal representation from developed and
developing countries, is established.

- A new "Cancun Adaptation Framework" is established to allow better planning and
implementation of adaptation projects in developing countries through increased financial
and technical support, including a clear process for continuing work on loss and damage.

- Governments agree to boost action to curb emissions from deforestation and forest
degradation in developing countries with technological and financial support.

- Parties have established a technology mechanism with a Technology Executive Committee
and Climate Technology Centre and Network to increase technology cooperation to
support action on adaptation and mitigation.

The next Conference of the Parties is scheduled to take place in South Africa, from
28 November to 9 December 2011.


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