Countries today operate in a highly globalized and networked world, sharing one fragile planet. This world is in the grip of formidable challenges ranging from political and economic instability, to energy and resource scarcity. Amid these, climate change is perhaps the most life-altering of them all, with many of its impacts beginning to be felt across Asia and globally.
This week, negotiators met in Bangkok, for the first of four rounds of UN-backed climate change negotiations in 2011 that are expected to begin the hard work of translating the achievements of last year’s Cancún Climate Conference into work plans to support action in developing and developed countries alike.
While the Cancún Agreements alone will not solve the climate challenge, they did lay down important foundations for strengthened global cooperation.
Cancún created a framework for combatin...