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Lower than expected, but no turning back

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 22 2009   /  09:59 am

After two years of formal negotiations, countries under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (Unfccc) have “agreed to take note of” the Copenhagen Accord, without committing to accept it.Countries wrangled and played hardball until the very last minute to produce a political but non-binding document crafted by the world leaders.Falling sharply short of what we need – a fair, ambitious, legally binding global climate agreement — the Copenhagen COP (Conference of Parties)-15 with its Accord does still provide some real additions to ongoing negotiations.Nevertheless, this political agreement does not offer a clear global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target for 2020 and 2050, in particular for developed countries.Under the annex of the Accord, developed countries will make individual pledges to reduce their GHG emissions. However, they are not required to provide ...