COP17/CMP7 UN Climate Change Conference 2011 starts in Durban
DURBAN – The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol, kicked off on Monday in Durban, South Africa.
The conference continues through to December 9, aiming to achieve their primary objective of reaching a new agreement determining the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
The conference was inaugurated by South African President, Jacob Zuma, who welcomed the 20 thousand delegates, experts, politicians and journalists from 194 countries.
Zuma has called for the re-affirmation of the Kyoto Protocol. The protocol is the only global pact to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The first round of pledges expire at the end of 2012.
A “Green Climate Fund” is also on the agenda, to provide funds to poorer countries exposed to floods, drought and projected rising sea levels.
However, delegates are skeptical and divisions on the distribution of emission curbs among countries has cast a dark cloud over the conference.
Peru is a member party and is participating at the conference. Peru has a vested interest in the success of a “Green Climate Fund”, while aiming to cut greenhouse-gas emissions amid development in the country.