• Copenhagen Briefing No. 1 -- COP 15 Talks Open with Urgency, Optimism and Resolve
  • December 16, 2009 | Author: Douglas Vincent Tingey
  • Law Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Calgary Office
  • The 15th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15) and the 5th meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 5) opened yesterday in Copenhagen with urgency, optimism and resolve. The negotiating task is daunting. COP 15/MOP 5 is intended to be the culmination of two years of sometimes intense work that began with a roadmap agreed to in Bali. Two ad hoc working groups were struck, one under the UNFCCC (Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention or AWG-LCA) and the other under the Kyoto Protocol (Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP). Initial plenary sessions have focused on procedural matters.