08 Oct '11, 2pm

What Will Happen in Durban? Hints from Panama on COP17

What Will Happen in Durban? Hints from Panama on COP17

Part of the package that is appearing would entail a commitment from all countries to outline where the global warming negotiations are headed -- e.g., to a new legal agreement which covers all countries. While countries wouldn't have to agree explicitly in Durban the form of a new legal agreement, they would have to be prepared to negotiate with the explicit intention of moving to a new legal framework for all countries. So can countries agree in Durban to launch a clear plan to negotiate a new international legally binding agreement over an agreed timeframe (e.g., by 2015)? In Copenhagen and Cancun there was intense discussion about launching a formal commitment to negotiate a new legally binding system. The thinking going into Copenhagen was that we would agree to "one agreement, two steps" -- with the second step being a new legally binding framework. Can Durban agree ...

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