Copenhagen Climate Conference and the Copenhagen Accord

The Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP 15, 2009) and the Copenhagen Accord

 Summary

Click HERE for the main COP15 Copenhagen Conference website. For summary information on the Conference, click HERE. News on the Copenhagen Conference is HERE.

The Copenhagen Accord that resulted from the Conference is HERE. An account of pledged actions (emissions cuts by developed countries and "nationally appropriate mitigation actions" or  "NAMAs" by developing countries) that signed on to the Copenhagen Accord is HERE.

More information on the Copenhagen Accord, including a UNEP analysis of emision reduction pledges and the shortfall for the two degree C target of the Accord is HERE.

Some developing countries strongly object to the Copenhagen Accord for reasons given HERE.

BELOW is analysis of the Copenhagen Accord by UNEP and UNDP.

CANCUN: The Copenhagen Accord provisions have been incorporated in the Cancun Agreements adopted at the 2010 Cancun Climate Conference, see HERE.

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Original goals for the conference

"The UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December this year may not yield a new global climate treaty with every minor detail in place. But hopefully it will close with agreements on four political essentials, thereby creating a clarity the world – not least the financially struck business world – needs.

The wish for clarity is expressed by Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in an interview with Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E). According to Yvo de Boer, the four essentials calling for an international agreement in Copenhagen are:

1. How much are the industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?
 
2. How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?
 
3. How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed?
 
4. How is that money going to be managed?

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Video of Ban ki Moon on the Copenhagen Accord

 

 

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Statement by Christiana Figueras on the Copenhagen Accord

HERE is a statement by Christiana Figueras, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, including the Copenhagen Accord, made in November 2010.  

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Copenhagen Accord: Analysis by UNEP, UNDP

HERE from UNEP is a graph illustrating the pledges made for the Copenhagen Accord from the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, and the difference between those pledges and the required emissions reductions in order to achieve the stated 2 degree C temperature goal of the Accord.

  • The total height of the bars represents the global emissions in a Business As Usual (BAU) scenario. It is only possible to calculate the global BAU for 2020. Therefore, no number for 2050 is shown.

  • Light yellow sections illustrate the global emission reductions if current low reduction pledges are implemented.

  • Dark yellow sections illustrate the global emissions reductions if current high reduction pledges are implemented.

  • Red sections represent the remaining gap between the current pledges and the emission levels needed to reach the 2°C goal.

  • The emission levels needed to achieve the 2˚C goal are illustrated by the green sections.

 

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HERE is the UNDP analysis of the Copenhagen Conference: 

UNDP Cop15 Summary

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A direct reporting blog from the Copenhagen Conference is HERE.

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