Note: The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has just concluded in Durban, South Africa. The following resolution by the European Green Party sets out a point by point overview of what is at stake in the Durban negotiations. The Canadian Green Party also has a good resource page devoted to the conference. Find the original of the EU Greens resolution here, bolding below is as in the original.
For an overview of the Durban conference from the BBC, please see here.
UN climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa (COP17)
Congress Resolution adopted as amended European Green Party Congress • 11 – 13 November 2011 – Paris
Adopted Congress Resolution:
COP17 Durban- Making Up for Lost Time
The European Green Party Congress…
1. Notes with ever-increasing concern that progress in the Climate Change negotiations are proceeding at an irresponsibly slow pace and that the global community needs to rediscover the political will to make radical improvements in our climate policies. The planet is fast running out of time and patience!;
2. Considers that all parties to these negotiations must ensure that the COP 17 meeting in Durban in late November 2011 represents a turning point in multilateral climate negotiations and that they must forge legally binding agreements, which will contribute to securing the future against climate-related threats to the well-being of our planet and to its citizens;
3. Demands therefore that the Durban climate conference must make up for lost time in international climate negotiations and agree on:
• A peak year for global emissions of 2015 and a 2050 reduction target of at least 80% globally and 95% for Annex I countries, and establishing a process to address the gigatonne gap between current mitigation pledges and the objectives of limiting climate change to levels, not exceeding a temperature rise of 1.5°C;
• A second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol 2013-2017, closing forest management accounting and hot air loopholes, to ensure environmental effectiveness of the reduction targets;
• A mandate with a timetable for a legally binding outcome to be implemented by 2015 under the Convention track, including industrialised countries as well as emerging economies and developing countries;