Climate Change has become an alarming concern across the globe. It is a global challenge which requires an ambitious global response. India and other developing countries will be among those most seriously impacted by the consequences of Climate Change.
Since the UNFCCC entered into force, the parties have been meeting annually in the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change and to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol to establish legally binding obligations for developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
This time UNFCCC climate change conference is scheduled in the months of November and December 2011 at Durban, South Africa.
As per the information displayed on UNFCCC website, the Durban Conference will comprise –
Conference of the Parties will discuss on consideration of proposals by parties for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol i.e. matters relating to compliance under the Kyoto Protocol, The Adaptation Fund, Issues relating to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), National communications and greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data from Annex I parties and non Annex I national communications, etc (Click here to know more)
India requested UNFCCC to include the following agendas in the Durban meeting;
UNFCCC has accepted and will include these additional agendas in the provisional agenda of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties
Chronology of events – Past Climate change conferences;
|Conference of Parties||Year||Location|
|COP 1||1995||The Berlin Mandate|
|COP 2||1996||Geneva, Switzerland|
|COP 3||1997||Kyoto , Japan (The Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change)|
|COP 4||1998||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|COP 5||1999||Bonn, Germany|
|COP 6||2000||The Hague, Netherlands|
|COP 7||2001||Marrakech, Morocco|
|COP 8||2002||New Delhi, India|
|COP 9||2003||Milan, Italy|
|COP 10||2004||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|COP 11||2005||Montreal, Canada|
|COP 12||2006||Nairobi, Kenya|
|COP 13||2007||Bali, Indonesia|
|COP 14||2008||Poznań, Poland|
|COP 15||2009||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|COP 16||2010||Cancún, Mexico|
|COP 17||2011||Durban, South Africa|
|COP 18||2012||Qatar and South Korea, are currently bidding to host the 2012 COP 18|
India has been continuously asked by developed countries to take on specific legally binding targets for the reduction of its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Their demand are based on the fact that India’s total GHG emissions are the 3rd largest in volume after the US and China. Developed countries believe that, no climate change mitigation and adaptation accord is possible, if India and other major GHG emitters refuse to accept responsibility in this regard. We hope positive outcomes result from the Durban conference.
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