UNFCCC Provides Summary Of 2009 Climate Change Conference

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The United Nations Climate Change Secretariat has published official reports on the results of last year's U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

One report details the formal proceedings of the conference, and the other focuses on the decisions adopted by the relevant body.

Since the closing of the climate change conference, the UNFCCC has received submissions of national pledges to cut or limit emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 from 75 parties, which together account for more than 80% of global emissions from energy use.

‘It is clear that while the pledges on the table are an important step towards the objective of limiting growth of emissions, they will not in themselves suffice to limit warming to below 2 degrees C,’ says UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. ‘The climate conference at the end of this year in Mexico, therefore, needs to put in place effective cooperative mechanisms capable of bringing about significant acceleration of national, regional and international action both to limit the growth of emissions and to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change.’

The U.N. will host a climate change conference in Mexico from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10.

Forty-one industrialized countries have formally communicated their economy-wide targets to the UNFCCC. Thirty-five developing countries have communicated information on the nationally appropriate mitigation actions they are planning to take, provided they receive the appropriate support in terms of finance and technology.

SOURCE: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Â

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