The 16th Convention of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is taking place in Cancun, Mexico from November 29th to December 10th. Here you will find information about the event as it relates to Seas At Risk's work and specifically GHG emissions from ships.

After the disappointment of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in 2009 all hopes have been pinned on COP16 to produce a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, the commitment period for which expires in 2012. Greenhouse gas emissions from shipping (and aviation) were left out of the actions and targets for that first commitment period and the 2009 Copenhagen Accord did nothing to rectify the situation.

Negotiations since Copenhagen have progressed the issue little although possibilities exist for progress at COP16 and the report of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) contains some useful suggestions for how shipping and aviation could be regulated not just to reduce their emissions but also to raise finance for adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

For background to the bunkers issue including FAQs and past policy papers

click here







UNFCCC web site

COP16 host country website

High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing

Share This

Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required