Copenhagen summit accord a disappointment

The United Nations summit in Copenhagen this month failed to produce a firm agreement on climate change

World leaders came together for 12 days this month at the Copenhagen United Nations Conference, ostensibly to thrash out a solution to the global problem of climate change. But the final Copenhagen Accord has been blasted for its vague and uncertain outcome.

The Accord sets out reasonable goals, fair enough, such as the need to keep the temperature increase below 2oC – but fails to explain how it will achieve them. 

The summit’s most important task was to set emission targets, and on this it is largely seen to have failed. Delegates spent two weeks debating numbers, but the Accord only contains an agreement for each country to submit more suggestions by the end of next month. 

It could almost be seen as a case of too many cooks spoil the broth; all 192 countries represented had a right to be heard but the overall result has been a resounding stalemate.

Gordon Brown has said that the Accord represents the first step towards saving the planet from dangerous global warming; but whether more steps are made next year will depend on finding a better way of negotiating. 

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