United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009

The UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen will take place in Copenhagen from 7 to 18 December.

“Copenhagen must open the door to the common good and close the door to a common disaster,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. “And in Denmark, governments must give their clear realistic answer both on what they will do to avoid catastrophic climate change and how to do it, along with delivering a strong,
functioning architecture to kick-start rapid action in the developing world,” he added.

With 192 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 189 of the UNFCCC Parties. Under the Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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