The most promising prospect for a post-Kyoto environmental accord is a climate treaty that is to take effect in 2020 if it is passed. The method for negotiating the new climate treaty was launched at the Durban Conference in 2011. The method was labelled the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The ADP planned to create the agreement that will "g...
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... the prospects of the United Nations Conference of Parties – representing all points along the economic development spectrum – coming to a unified stance on climate action are not promising. Important work must still be concluded toward agreed mechanisms of an eventual accord, and these are still being developed by the participants. Canada’s approach has not been thoroughly cooperative or helpful in this regard, as the present government’s de facto boycott of United Nations-led initiatives has become an international impediment. Even excluding Canada’s indolence on this file, the primary and most difficult obstacles on the way to a new treaty are the differentiation and equity issues between developing and developed countries, and these will only be resolved if all sides can agree to a compromise that can benefit all nations for reducing the threat of climate change.
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