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UN Climate Conference in Cancún Kicks Off with Calls for Commitment & Compromise

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico, kicked off Monday with calls for commitment and compromise.

In his opening speech, Mexican President Felipe Calderón cited last year’s hurricane in Mexico, this year’s floods in Pakistan and fires in Russia as examples of increasing incidences of natural disasters brought about by climate change and already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable.

Calling on negotiators in Cancún to make progress in the interest of their children and grand-children, he said that the “eyes of the world” were focused on the meeting.

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Climate Watchlist: Key Issues for Cancun Negotiations

The parties to the UNFCCC are gathering in Cancun next week with the aim to deliberate and deliver a legally binding agreement for action on climate change. Their success will largely depend on settling disputes, particularly between the developed and developing world, on six key issues, discussed in this IIED Briefing Paper written by Achala Chandani & Linda Siegele.

We must mitigate and adapt to climate change. On this, the international community is agreed. But exactly how to do that is still up for debate. There were high hopes that last year’s UN climate talks in . . . → Read More: Climate Watchlist: Key Issues for Cancun Negotiations

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From Copenhagen to Cancun: Lessons Learnt and Future Opportunities

This is an editorial by Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director – as published in the Official Newsletter of the G-20 Summit (Its a UNEP Press Release).

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