Lima, Peru Conference: First Steps for Climate Accord

Yesterday, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded. After 2 weeks of meetings, climate negotiators from 195 countries have crafted an agreement for all countries to develop plans for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

The plans are due to the UN climate committee by October 1. At that point the UN will analyze the impact the plans have on slowing climate change. Negotiators will begin working on an introductory document to all the plans at meetings in early 2015 in Bonn, Germany, and Geneva, Switzerland. The document will be presented and (it is hoped) approved at the next Conference of the Parties in Paris.

You can read analyses of the meeting results at Mother Jones or from Robert N. Stavins, participant in the meetings and Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.