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RI plays influential role at the COP16 in Cancun

  • Daniel Murdiyarso

Bogor, West Java   /   Fri, December 10 2010   /  10:25 am

Scattered among luxury hotels in the Caribbean paradise of the Yucatan Peninsula, delegates to this year’s high-level climate talks anticipate the second week with a mixture of uncertainty, frustration and hope.At the forefront of everyone’s mind is one central question: Can COP16 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) provide both a binding mandate and a real trajectory toward mitigating climate change? Or will the delegates find themselves witnessing the death throes of a moribund Kyoto Protocol?One thing the delegates do not want is a repetition of COP15. The Copenhagen Accord was never adopted as a legally binding agreement of the Convention. The real question before the delegates is whether we will emerge from these negotiations with a legally binding instrument. The Kyoto Protocol is the single such instrument the convention has in place. And it expires in tw...