Climate Change Negotiations Update: Process and Prospects for a Copenhagen Agreed Outcome in December 2009
Article first published online: 26 NOV 2009
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Review of European Community & International Environmental Law
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 229–243, November 2009
How to Cite
Kulovesi, K. and Gutiérrez, M. (2009), Climate Change Negotiations Update: Process and Prospects for a Copenhagen Agreed Outcome in December 2009. Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 18: 229–243. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9388.2009.00646.x
- Issue published online: 26 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 26 NOV 2009
This article provides an update on the status of negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 3 months before the fifteenth Conference of the Parties is scheduled to reach an historic agreement on enhancing international climate change cooperation. It gives a brief overview of the process that is taking place under two distinct negotiating tracks and highlights the key substantive issues under the main areas of cooperation – namely mitigation, adaptation, technology and capacity building, as well as finance. It also briefly addresses the legal form of the outcome and outlines the main options for the post-2012 legal framework.
With only 3 weeks of negotiating time remaining before Copenhagen and a myriad of politically sensitive issues yet to be agreed and technical details to be addressed, it has become increasingly clear that moving the process forward will require a high-level political compromise and that many of the details that will give the post-2012 climate regime its shape will only be agreed after Copenhagen.