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ACCO Webinar: Reflections on COP16

Organisation: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Yesterday the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), and The Climate Registry hosted, “Cancun De-Brief: Reflections on COP-16 in Cancun and Implications for U.S. Businesses,” one of the many informative discussions in the ACCO Webinar Series.

Over 300 listeners tuned-in to hear from speakers, Jonathan Pershing, U.S. Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change from the U.S. Department of State, Elliot Diringer, Vice President for International Strategies from the Pew Center onGlobal Climate Change, and lastly, Denise Sheehan, Executive Director, The Climate Registry.

State’s Jonathan Pershing said we must “Establish Adaptation Framework” by planning, prioritizing and implementing adaptation actions, and look at the impact and long-term risk. We also must, “enhance guidelines developed to improve Measurement, Monitoring, and Verification” (MMV).

Elliot Diringer of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change argued that, “multilateral regimes evolve over time” through membership, substantive scope, binding agreements, and compliance mechanisms. A perfect example is the Kyoto Protocol, a binding agreement that became the underpinning of the market-based mechanisms. But in Cancun, unlike Copenhagen, delegates had realistic expectations and were unshaken by the lack of binding agreements.

All three speakers agreed, CO2 emissions are rapidly increasing. 2010 is tied for the warmest year on record (tied with 1998). Doing nothing has huge global consequences, “we need to build a global regime,” Pershing said. During the lead-up to the 17th Session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, three preparatory meetings in April, June and October 2011 are set to prepare the delegates for an outcome: delegates must produce a binding agreement.

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