Cancun Agreements 2010—snapshot
Cancun Agreements 2010—snapshot

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cancun Agreements 2010—snapshot
  • What were the Cancun Agreements?
  • Key outcomes
  • Adaptation
  • The Cancun Adaptation Framework
  • The Adaptation Committee
  • Work programme
  • Mitigation
  • Developed countries: emission reduction targets
  • Developing countries: nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs)
  • More...

What were the Cancun Agreements?

TitleCancun Agreements
LocationCancun, Mexico
Date29th November - 10th December 2010
SubjectClimate change

The 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 6), was hosted by Mexico at Cancun in 2010. The conference drew almost 12,000 participants, including 5,200 government officials, 5,400 representatives of UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations, and 1,270 accredited members of the media.

The decisions made in the Cancun Agreements produced the basis for a comprehensive and far-reaching international response to climate change concerning the reduction in carbon emissions and the creation of a system where all countries are to be accountable to each other for those reductions. Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change summarised the outcome of the Cancun Agreements stating “Cancun was a big step, bigger than many imagined might be possible. But the time has come for all of us to exceed our own expectations because nothing less will do” .

The principal achievements of the Cancun Agreements were:

  1. the parties' agreement to commit to a maximum temperature rise of below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a view to reconsidering whether the goal for the average temperature rise should be reduced to

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