Congo Basin countries attend the UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancun (Mexico)

 

docs/news/Nov2010-Jan2011/UNFCCC_cop16_650_23.jpgThe UN Conference on Climate Change took place in Cancun (Mexico) from 29 November to 10 December 2010 and was attended by almost all Congo Basin countries. This meeting also hosted the 16th CdP to the UN Framework Agreement on Climate Change and the 6th CdP operating as the meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol (PK), as well as the 33rd SBI and SBSTA sessions, the 15th AWG-KP session and the 13th AWG-LCA. 

 

The representatives of Central African countries to Cancun negotiations held the common position on climate change issued at the 6th COMIFAC Ministers Council in Kinshasa. The delegation of COMIFAC negotiators at Cancun was accompanied by COMIFAC Executive Secretary, financial and technical partners, included in the Congo Basin delegation. Following long negotiations up to 11 December morning, the Cancun summit on climate change ended with the signing of a joint agreement by consensus called the “Cancun Agreement”.  It is accompanied by a series of documents which represent the base for addressing climate-related matters after the expiration the Kyoto Protocol. This agreement also includes the creation of a green fund to be put in place in 2011 and which may reach $30 billion in 2012, with a balance distribution between the funding of adaptation and mitigation measures, with a particular focus on the funding of immediate measures for the adaptation of developing countries (DC) to global warming et $100 billion in 2020 to meet needs in DC which may include long term projects for the protection of the environment as well as adaptation and mitigation measures.

 

In conclusion, the UN Conference on Climate Change in Cancun revealed remarkable progress in the following aspects (1) the formalisation of promises to reduce emissions (Kyoto Protocol), (2) the responsibility of each party to take concrete measures to protect world forests, (3) the creation of a fund to control climate change in the long term, (4) enhancing technological cooperation and (5) the adaptation of the most vulnerable populations to climate change.

 

If you want to see the full results of the negotiations, please visit the official website of the Cancun Conference

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Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention  

Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol at its fifteenth session

Read COMIFAC Ministers Common Position on Climate Change again

Download the CIFOR Press Release on Forestry Days 5

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The UN Framework Agreement on Climate Change sets up a global framework for intergovernmental effort to face the challenge of climate change. It acknowledges that climate is a shared resource whose stability may be affected by industrial CO2 emissions, as well as other greenhouse gas.

 

The Kyoto Protocol has the same objectives, principles and institutions as the Convention but significantly strengthens the Convention by committing the Parties Appendix I to individual, legally binding objectives to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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(Source dans la presse - INFOSYLVA – No. 23/2010)

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