Durban Platform for Enhanced Action 2011—snapshot
Durban Platform for Enhanced Action 2011—snapshot

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

  • Durban Platform for Enhanced Action 2011—snapshot
  • What is the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action?
  • Key outcomes
  • A legally binding agreement
  • A further commitment period
  • Reporting emissions
  • The Green Climate Fund
  • Adaptation
  • Technology
  • Other decisions
  • More...

What is the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action?

TitleDurban Platform for Enhanced Action
LocationDurban, South Africa
Date28th November - 11th December 2011
SubjectClimate change

The 17th United Nations Climate Conference was hosted by South Africa in Durban.

'Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires to be urgently addressed by all Parties.'

A grave concern expressed at Durban related to the so called 'emissions gap'. Whilst all the developed and many of the developing countries reaffirmed the pledges they had made on emissions reductions at COP16 in Cancun, it was recognized that these did not go far enough. The totality of the pledges made only amounted to about 60% of what is needed to keep the temperature increase below the two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels agreed upon at Cancun. It was this shortfall and its potential consequences which dominated discussions at Durban.

Under the Kyoto Protocol there is a focus on the reduction of greenhouse house gas emissions and on the timing of such reductions. The Durban Conference renewed the focus on these priorities with the Parties:

  1. agreeing to reach a legally binding agreement as soon as possible

  2. agreeing to move into a second commitment period in 2013

Key outcomes

A legally binding agreement

‘We have taken crucial steps forward for the common good and

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