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Kicking the Can Down the Road – UNFCC Chief Yvo de Boar Press Conference on the Aftermath of COP15

Yvo de Boer is smiling here - but leaves the UNFCCC "appalled" by climate inaction from the international community

In his first official press conference since the conclusion of the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer acknowledged that the much-anticipated conference did not deliver all it could have, it did “set the stage” in three key elements:

  1. Raising climate change to the highest level of government
  2. Producing a document (the Copenhagen Accord (pdf)) that reflects a political consensus on the long-term, global response to climate change
  3. Negotiations led to nearly a full set of decisions to implement a rapid response to climate change

But the failure to bring a full, binding agreement in Copenhagen makes the need to address climate change on a global scale “even more urgent” – looking now to COP16 later this year in Mexico City.

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