The climate change talks in Cancun, Mexico, didn’t solve all the world’s climate problems. But they were hugely successful. Through the Cancun Agreements, 194 countries reached landmark consensus (even the US and China) to set emissions targets and limit global temperature increases.
Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), steps down, effective July 1.
Participants approved a Copenhagen accord that sets out emissions-control objectives, sets a target of less than 2 degrees for global warming, and pledges $30 billion in aid to developing countries. The pact is not legally binding.
At Tuesday's UN meeting, Presidents Obama and Hu set down markers for what they expect to achieve at the December climate change summit in Copenhagen.
Differences between major industrialized nations and developing countries are a stumbling block at a US-sponsored forum.
In the post-Bush era, the major industrial nations meeting this week face pressure to set firm temperature and emission-reduction goals.