United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Conference on Parties

The Convention on Climate Change sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change...

Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2016
Bonn Climate Change Conference - May 2016

In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever impacts were, by then, inevitable.

By 1995, countries realized that emission reductions provisions in the Convention were inadequate. They launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change, and, two years later, adopted the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets. The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ends in 2012. At COP17 in Durban, governments of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol decided that a second commitment period, from 2013 onwards, would seamlessly follow the end of the first commitment period. The length of the second commitment period is to be determined: it will be either five or eight years long.

Representatives from Cornell and the Campus Sustainability Office participate in these negotiations.

Learn more about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Conference on Parties on their website.