Cancun – COP16

Posted on December 3, 2010 by

The latest round of United Nations climate negotiations, the Conference of Parties -16 has started in Cancun, Mexico. The conference is hosting representatives of approximately 200 countries that aim to discuss the future of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)and the Kyoto Protocol. Last year around this time, the summit was held in Copenhagen where high level negotiations fell short of producing a legally binding post-2012 arragement that would replace Kyoto Protocol. The outcome of the last talks was the Copenhagen Accord, a non-binding agreement. One of the most difficult part of countries response to the Copenhagen is the conditional targets declared with linkages to actions by other countries. For example – Government of Canada has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, but only if the United States takes comparable action.