Thoughts on Cancun…?

There have been some interesting reactions to the Cancun COP16 meeting, ranging from the usual activist critiques, Bolivian protestations, and otherwise a generally upbeat reaction from many others. ‘At least it didn’t all collapse’ seems to be the prevailing mood, and ‘better than this time last year’. But has anything real come out of it? Thoughts, reactions, and views on the prospects for Durban 2011 would be appreciated!

This rather pessimistic account just got me thinking… http://e360.yale.edu/feature/did_cancun_prove_the_un_irrelevant_in_tackling_climate/2351/

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I teach and research international politics in Manchester.
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7 Responses to Thoughts on Cancun…?

  1. The FCCC executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, has just posted her assessment of the Cancun Agreement:

    http://cancun.unfccc.int/

  2. Just about every international environmental negotiation/meeting is documented and reported here: http://www.iisd.ca/

  3. Here’s an email I received on a climate change mailing list from climate change TV, with links to a lot of interview material from Cancun (delegates, NGOs and observers etc)…may provide some interesting research material for someone:

    Interviews collected at Cancun from negotiators and observers:
    http://www.climate-change.tv/cctv-videos/guide-to-further-content

    The Climate Change Studio (http://unfccc.int/meetings/cop_16/side_events_exhibits/items/5832.php) spoke to representatives from over 130 NGOs, IGOs and Parties. Their diverse messages can be accessed more specifically at: http://www.climate-change.tv/category/unfccc-inside/cop16-2010.

    The highlights from our roundtable with the International Chamber of Commerce on Setting Conditions and Mobilising Finance can be found at: http://www.climate-change.tv/roundtable

    The highlights from the side event Acting on Climate Change: The UN delivering as one are at: http://www.climate-change.tv/acting-on-climate-change-the-un-delivering-as-one. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark feature.

    Francesca Broadbent
    Editor – Climate-Change.tv
    Editor – Responding to Climate Change

  4. katharinahoene says:

    For me Cancun is best summarized in this statement made by Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists : “The outcome wasn’t enough to save the planet … But it did restore the credibility of the United Nations as a forum where progress can be made.”
    [http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/12/cancun-agreement-rescues-un-credibility?intcmp=239]

    This is juts one example representing many similar statements. For example, a similar tone can be detected in Cristiana Figueres’ summary of Cancun: “Cancún has done its job … Nations have shown they can work together under a common roof, to reach consensus on a common cause.”
    [http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/dec/14/cancun-climate-change-compromise-carrington]

    On a side note, the UNFCCC’s homepage feature a huge animated picture of a butterfly displaying the words: “the beacon of hope has been reignited”. It’s clear that there will be more pressure regarding the next conference in South Africa. Questions regarding a follow-up for Kyoto or a second-commitment period for Kyoto are still open. But looking at this statement, again, part of this pressure is “home made”.

  5. Thanks for that Carl. I also think this interview with John Vidal is interesting, particularly his suggestion that rather than considering Cancun a success or failure, it should be viewed as the negotiations returning to their normal pace and outcome after the Copenhagen anomaly. The failure of Copenhagen, he suggests, resulted from the fact that the people who usually negotiate the convention framework were shoved aside by the political leaders entering the fray.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/7/guardian_environment_editor_john_vidal_on

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