The Cancun Agreements

An assessment by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

key steps of the United Nations Climate Change Conference


Reducing and limiting greenhouse gas emissions

During 2010, many countries submitted their existing
plans for controlling greenhouse gas emissions to
the Climate Change Secretariat and these proposals
have now been formally acknowledged under the
Climate Change Convention. Industrial countries
presented their plans in the shape of economy-wide
targets to reduce emissions, mainly up to 2020, while
developing nations proposed ways to limit their growth
of emissions in the shape of plans of action.

In some cases, the implementation of actions that reduce emissions could result in negative economic or social consequences for other countries. As a result, Governments decided to convene a forum in 2011 to further discuss this and to establish a work programme to address such consequences.

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