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Cancún Climate Change Conference

29 November - 10 December 2010 | Cancún, Mexico

Summary of the Meeting

COP 16 Closes with Adoption of Cancun Agreements



Canc�n Climate Change ConferenceOn Friday, an informal plenary was held, followed by the closing plenaries of the AWGs, and the closing plenaries of the COP and the COP/MOP. Photo: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, COP President Patricia Espinosa and UNFCCC Deputy Executive Director Richard Kinley after agreement is reached in Cancun.

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Mexican President Felipe Calderón makes an early morning appearance after the adoption of the Cancun Agreements
COP President Patricia Espinosa and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres after agreement is reached in Cancun
Mexican President Felipe Calderón enters the conference hall in the early morning hours of Saturday
The dais during the evening informal plenary session

President Espinosa receives a standing ovation
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, consults with Luis Alfonso de Alba, Mexico
L-R: Claudia Salerno Caldera, Venezuela, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action
Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation, consults with AWG-KP Chair John Ashe
The Brazilian delegation with COP President Espinosa
Pablo Solón, Bolivia
Bolivia asks for the floor

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and COP President Patricia Espinosa
UN Security announces the release of the latest text
Long lines to get the text

Thursday, 9 December

On Thursday, contact groups and informal consultations, including discussions at the ministerial level, were held throughout the day. Late in the evening, COP and COP/MOP President Espinosa convened an informal stocktaking plenary. Throughout the day, the high-level segment continued with statements from heads of states, governments and delegations. A webcast of all statements is available online at: http://webcast.cc2010.mx

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Felipe Calderon, Mexican President and South African President Jacob Zuma
Bolivian President Evo Morales

COP President Patricia Espinosa consults with Luis Alfonso de Alba, Mexico
Dialogue on: "The struggle against climate change, what should our legacy be?"
Ministers from Indonesia, Sweden, India and the UK

Wednesday, 8 December

On Wednesday morning, the COP and COP/MOP held informal stocktaking plenary sessions. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations met throughout the day under the COP, COP/MOP, AWG-LCA and AWG-KP. Meanwhile, the high-level segment continued with statements from heads of states, governments and delegations. A webcast of all statements is available online at: http://webcast.cc2010.mx

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UK Climate Secretary Chris Huhne (center) helping to facilitate information consultations
Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Delegates from China and India during informal consultations
Event on the key findings of the report of the Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing

Tuesday, 7 December

On Tuesday afternoon, the opening ceremony of the high-level segment was held. In addition, a number of contact groups and informal consultations met throughout the day under the COP/MOP, AWG-LCA and AWG-KP.

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L-R: Jules Kortenhorst, European Climate Foundation; Dessima Williams, Ambassador for Climate Change, Grenada; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Juan Rafael Elvira, Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico; and Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom, during a press briefing on the Emissions Gap Report: Are Copenhagen Accord pledges sufficient to limit global warming to 2°C and 1.5°C.
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with members of the G-77/China
   
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga addresses the high-level segment
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Monday, 6 December

Throughout Monday, a number of contact groups and informal consultations convened under the COP, COP/MOP, AWG-LCA and AWG-KP. In addition, the fourth Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (NWP) was held.

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COP President Patricia Espinosa and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres after a press briefing
Zhenhua Xie, China
Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, Youth Focal Point (center) during a briefing by the President of Mexico
Chris Henschel from CAN jumping through a LULUCF loophole.
EU and Australian delegates during the mitigation drafting group on 1b(i)

Saturday, 4 December

On Saturday, the SBI and SBSTA held their closing plenaries and the COP and the COP/MOP held stocktaking plenaries.

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COP President Patricia Espinosa and UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley
SBI Chair Robert Owen-Jones gives a gold star to the contact group on Article 6 for completing its work in one meeting
Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of the WMO, and SBSTA Chair Mama Konaté
Mexican President Felipe Calderón enters the conference room for the COP President's Initiative on Stakeholder Engagement in Climate Action
Article 6 Contact Group Chair Pa Ousman Jarju, Gambia

Friday, 3 December

Throughout Friday, a number of contact groups and informal consultations convened under the COP/MOP, SBI, SBSTA, AWG-LCA and AWG-KP.

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Press briefing with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
Todd Stern, US Special Envoy for Climate Change
AWG-KP Chair John Ashe with members of the Secretariat and delegates from Croatia
Michael Zammit Cutajar, Malta (center), chaired the contact group on proposals by Parties under Article 17 of the Convention

Thursday, 2 December

Throughout Thursday, a number of contact groups and informal consultations convened under the COP/MOP, SBI, SBSTA, AWG-LCA and AWG-KP.

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During an intergenerational inquiry event where youth, scientists and key negotiators discussed prospects for the future, participants danced to a reggae song about climate change as part of a Jamaican awareness raising campaign on climate change in Jamaica (l-r): Mariana Diaz, moderator of event, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele de Strihou, Belgium, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and youth delegates Hilary Bowman and Krishneil Narayan
Youth delegate Hilary Bowman holds up a t-shirt that says "You have been negotiating all my life. You cannot tell me that you need more time."
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres with a youth t-shirt
Contact group on issues relating to compliance under the Kyoto Protocol: Co-Chairs Richard Tarasofsky, Canada, and Pornchai Danvivathana, Thailand

Wednesday, 1 December

The COP/MOP plenary convened on Wednesday morning and afternoon. In the afternoon, the COP plenary also took place. Numerous informal groups under the SBI, SBSTA, AWG-KP and AWG-LCA were also held throughout the day.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres speaking to journalists
UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres is presented with Green Footprints of Europe's Children by the Climate Alliance
Peter Betts, EU, and Claudia Salerno Caldera, Venezuela
Members of the G-77/China during the finance drafting group
WMO press conference on progress towards a Global Framework for Climate Services: Carine Richard-van Maele, WMO, Jan Egeland, High-Level Taskforce for Climate Services, and Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO
Will you back a fair climate fund? Oxfam asks delegates to choose the right path to a fair climate fund

Tuesday, 30 November

In the morning and afternoon, opening plenaries of the SBI and SBSTA took place, as well as various spin-off, informal and drafting groups under the AWG-KP and AWG-LCA.

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A view of civil society during the SBI plenary
The South African delegation consulting during the drafting group
IPCC: The latest climate change science, with a focus on climate change impacts in Latin America
Chinese delegates consulting

Monday, 29 November

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun opened on Monday with a welcoming ceremony. In the morning and afternoon, the opening plenary of the Conference of the Parties (COP) took place. In the afternoon, opening plenaries of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC (AWG-LCA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments by Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) convened. In the evening, the AWG-LCA contact group on preparation of outcome for COP 16 and the AWG-KP contact group of Annex I further commitments met.

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon addresses the conference
Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate in chemistry
Simona Gomez Lopez, Representative of Indigenous Mexican People
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres greets incoming COP President Patricia Espinosa
Members of the Secretariat with Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Lykke Friis and IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri
Outgoing and incoming COP Presidents
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*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Cancún Climate Change Conference, 29 November - 10 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Cancún Global Business Day, 6 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Development and Climate Days at COP 16, 4-5 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010, 4 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS coverage of the Oceans Day at Cancún, 4 December 2010, Cancún, Mexico
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirty-second Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 11-14 October 2010, Busan, Republic of Korea (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Tianjin Climate Change Talks - October 2010, 4-9 October 2010, Tianjin, China
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - August 2010, 2-6 August 2010, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - May/June 2010, 31 May - 11 June 2010, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - April 2010, 9-11 April 2010, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Japanese: PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 7-19 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 7-19 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
*IISD RS coverage of the Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009, 2-6 November 2009, Barcelona, Spain
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009, 2-6 November 2009, Barcelona, Spain
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirty-first Session of the IPCC, 26-29 October 2009, Bali, Indonesia (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Japanese: PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning, 2-14 October 2009, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS coverage of the Bangkok Climate Change Talks - 2009, 28 September - 9 October 2009, UNCC, Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - August 2009, 10-14 August 2009, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - June 2009, 1-12 June 2009, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Bonn Climate Change Talks - June 2009, 1-12 June 2009, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirtieth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 21-23 April 2009, Antalya, Turkey (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF) (Japanese: PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirtieth Session of the IPCC, 21-23 April 2009, Antalya, Turkey (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Japanese: PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Bonn Climate Change Talks - March/April 2009, 29 March - 8 April 2009, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary report of the UNFCCC Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes, 10-12 March 2009, Havana, Cuba (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Climate Change Conference - Poznań, 1-12 December 2008, Poznań, Poland
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Poznań Climate Change Conference, 1-12 December 2008, Poznań, Poland
*IISD RS archive of meetings on climate change, and backgrounder
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*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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