November 2010. IUCN is sending a delegation of experts to the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico, which takes place 29 November to 10 December. It wants to see progress in establishing an international post-2012 climate change regime which has so far proved painfully slow. The difficulties that caused a deadlock in Copenhagen have not yet been overcome but even if the adoption of a global, legally-binding agreement at the meeting is increasingly unlikely, progress can still be made on a number of key issues.
Climate of change, climate of confidence?
The challenge posed to humanity by climate change is as great and as urgent as ever. The impacts on people and biodiversity are already being felt in most parts of the world; this year has again seen a number of extreme, devastating weather events.