COP-19 Starts in Warsaw on November 11

November 9, 2013 3:53 PM

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COP-19 Starts in Warsaw on November 11

The nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, 11th November. After the failure to agree on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol at COP-15 in Copenhagen in 2009, the 195 parties to the UNFCCC at COP-18 in Doha, Qatar last year extended Kyoto while a new treaty is negotiated. COP-19 is supposed to be the beginning of those negotiations. A complete draft is due to be released at COP-20 in Lima, Peru in 2014, and the final version is due to be signed at COP-21 in Paris in December 2015. The UNFCCC aims to have the “Paris Protocol” ratified and in effect by 2020.

That’s the schedule that has been agreed upon, but so far there is little sign that much progress will be made in Warsaw over the next two weeks. One obstacle to making substantive progress is an ongoing dispute over procedural issues. The UNFCCC makes decisions by consensus of the 195 member countr...

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