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

The following Environment guidance 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

What is the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action?

Title Durban Platform for Enhanced Action
Location Durban, South Africa
Date 28th November - 11th December 2011
Subject Climate 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