COP17: 17th Conference of the Parties
- The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place in Durban from 28 November to 9 December.
What is the Conference of the Parties?
Delegates representing nations from around the world will be discussing the renewal or replacement of the Kyoto Protocol. There will also be discussions around the implementation of agreements made in Cancun, namely the Green Climate Fund and other policies and strategies to help reduce carbon emissions so as to lesson the impact of climate change.
What is the Meeting of the Parties (CMP)?
The Seventh Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP7) happens at the same time as COP17. The main difference between the two is that nations which signed the Kyoto Protocol but did not endorse it are allowed to observe, but are not allowed to vote on any motions or course of action.
What is the Kyoto Protocol?
The Kyoto Protocol was issued at COP3 in Kyoto, Japan. It was agreed that developed nations would decrease their carbon emissions by at least 6% from levels recorded in 1990. The first period of the Kyoto protocol is due to expire on 31 December 2012, which further adds to the need for renewal or replacement of this protocol at COP17.
Why is International Co-operation on Climate Change Important?
Climate change is a global problem which affects all countries. It is important that all nations work together in reducing carbon emissions to lessen the effects and future consequences of climate change. Developed countries play a particularly important role, as the majority of carbon emissions come from developed states.
What Can I Do to Help?
Everyone can play a small part in helping to reduce their carbon footprint by making small adjustments in their lifestyle. Find out how to: