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Wednesday, 12th August 2015

Climate Change Negotiations: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Context

Source: Library of Parliament (Canada)


The key to reducing the risks of climate change is to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, in addition to preparing to adapt. Reducing emissions requires the cohesive action of the international community, particularly those countries responsible for most of the emissions. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Convention) is the guiding agreement that governs most multilateral negotiations to address the threat of climate change. However, while many commitments to reduce emissions have been made under the Convention, emissions continue to rise, causing greenhouse gases to accumulate in the atmosphere.

To meet the latest timetable for developing a new agreement, accepted at the conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), negotiations must rapidly succeed in overcoming entrenched points of view. This paper outlines the scientific, political and historical context of the UNFCCC negotiations.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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