Post-2012 Framework on Climate Change in Global Forecast: the Top Security Challenges of 2008
November 14, 2007
More than 10 years ago, the international community set forth an international framework for global action through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. The United States did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol because of the widely held belief that the system would cause global economic harm while contributing little to the fight against global warming. Now the clock is ticking on the international negotiation of a post - 2012 agreement governing international commitments to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The notional deadline is to complete negotiations by December 2009 to avoid a gap after the first Kyoto commitment period ends in 2012. Although the world will not reach agreement on the post–2012 climate change framework in 2008, much of what happens in 2008 will set the stage for what kind of an agreement can be reached in 2009.
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