Through December last year world leaders met at The Bella Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark for the UNFCCCs 15th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15) and the 5th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP5). According to the Bali Road Map, framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 was to be agreed there.
It was "taken note of", but not "adopted", in a debate of all the participating countries the next day, and it was not passed unanimously.
Released on December 19, 2009, the Copenhagen Accord is a three page political declaration that is intended to frame future UN climate change negotiations.
Key elements of the accord include:
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is a critical mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, but there are major issues with processing validation applications for CDM projects. Further, the inclusion of LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) in the CDM needs to be discussed.
Last Updated 4/06/10.