Dec 12th 2011
Durban was a significant step forward, says Huhne
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) confirmed that attendees delivered a "breakthrough on the future of the international community's response to climate change" following the UN climate conference that was held in Durban between 28 November and 9 December. During the conference ministers decided that a universal legal agreement on climate change would be adopted as soon as possible, but no later than 2015. Governments agreed to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol from January 2013. In addition, the conference agreed to "get the Green Climate Fund up and running" to deliver financial support to developing countries to reduce emissions.
In response UK energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said on Sunday 11 December the outcome of the UN climate conference in Durban was a "significant step forward in curbing emissions to tackle global climate change." He noted the UK played a "central role in galvanising support" for the road-map to a global deal on emissions reduction. But "there are still many details to be hammered out" and he called for negotiations on a new agreement to start immediately.
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