Cancun – What to expect?

Posted on November 30, 2010 by

The fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) at Copenhagen last year did not lead to a new international climate change treaty. There were great expectations from COP15 to deliver a legally binding commitments to reduce emissions that would succeed the Kyoto Protocol. The leaders had to settle with a draft agreement, negotiated at the last moment.

This years Conference of the Parties at Cancun (COP16) has just begun after multiple interim negotiations. Right from its start, COP16 is not expected to result in a new international climate change treaty that would be legally binding. But it is hoped that COP16 will be a major milestone and some of the disputes between the Parties can be settled, paving the way for a fully fledged climate treaty that could potentially be agreed at the Conference of the Parties due to be held in South Africa in December 2011 (COP17).