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Intense Negotiations Result in a Landmark Deal

Far away in Durban, South Africa 194 countries agreed on a landmark deal on the significant issue of climate change. The Durban Summit was significant as the first commitment period ends next year. Devoid of the hype received by previous Summits, the leaders arrived at an agreement after intense round of negotiations. The positives of the Summit include extension of the commitment period, negotiating a global treaty by 2015, which would bring all countries in the legal ambit to reduce green house gas emissions w.e.f. from 2020, creation of the Green Climate Fund to aid poor countries battle the disastrous effects of climate change. While we would not see any real changes soon, the deal is a good step forward at a time, when there was a danger of derailment of the progress made so far. The deal could not have been possible, without the support of United States, which has been reluctant, and intense negotiations between European Union, India and China. India rightly placed emphasis on …

Devoid of Hype, Durban Climate Change Talks Hold High Significance

In general, all countries have an understanding and are aware of the adverse affects of global warming and rising greenhouse gas emissions. Kyoto Protocol of 1997 was a major step to address the concern and reduce emission levels. However, the biggest drawback of the Protocol is the lack of ratification by the United States (U.S). Durban, South Africa is hosting this years session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This years talks scheduled to begin during the last week of November are significant as the first commitment period, which began in 2008 ends in 2012. Many countries are hesitant to endorse another commitment period. Unlike the Copenhagen Session held in 2009, which generated lot of hype and hope, last years talks at Cancun and the upcoming Durban session have not received much publicity. Having said that, the upcoming session is highly significant for future efforts to deal with the complex problem of …