COP20 – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Urging the 20th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to “act now,” UN officials in Lima, Peru stressed that fully tackling the impacts of man-made climate change requires a transformation – not mere “tinkering” with past agreements and pledges.

The Conference, which opened on 1 December, brought together the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC – the parent treaty of the landmark 1997 Kyoto Protocol – in an attempt to hammer out the new universal treaty, which would enter force by 2020.

Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of calling for tangible progress in solidifying the climate finance regime, including capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and leveraging of private finance, and emphasized the need to prioritize provision of adaptation support and resilience building, particularly for the most vulnerable.


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