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COP 18 kicks off in Doha, Qatar

Posted by NYCA Blogger on November 27, 2012

Opening Ceremony at COP 18, Doha

By Dipesh Chapagain

COP18, Doha
With the slogan “7 billion, 1 challenge: Count me in”, the UN climate change conference (COP18/CMP8) began hear in Doha  from  26 November 2012. The opening ceremony was attended by the COP17/CMP7 president Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa, COP18/CMP8 president H.E. Abdullah  bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Christiana Figueres and representative of government of Qatar. H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Atttiyah, the newly elected COP president said that this is a historic conference of crucial importance … as it represents a turning point in climate negotiations”. A days earlier on a press briefing, Mr. Al-Attiyah also said that as a host country, Qatar is committed to building on the progress made at Durban and Cancun.
Similarly, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres in her remarks said that this is the first ever COP in gulf region and highlighted its importance in terms of its unique geo-political region. She expected that COP18 to be a major event after the two Mega COPs in Asia region (Kyoto and Bali) and highlighted the importance to take Bali Action Plan to real action.
Starting from today, the conference will run until 7 December 2012. According to the schedule, the Opening plenary of COP and CMP concluded today, where as SBI’s plenary was suspended till tomorrow, this makes that on Tuesday opening plenary of SBSTA, AWG-KP, AWG-LCA and ADP will continue.
The key issues for discussion in this COP are:
  • Amendment on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol: KP-II (duration and targets). The first commitment period of KP is going to expire from Dec. 31, 2012
  • Work plan for Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) which is supposed to develop a global agreement on climate change. It was decided in Durban that the ADP will be finalized by 2015 and enters into force by 2020.
  • Closing of the AWG-LCA and KP with clear outcomes
  • Operationalization of Green Climate Fund (GCF), Finance for the 2013-15 period and 2020 period


Here are some important links that you might be interested to follow to get update on the ongoing climate change negotiation.
COP 18 official website:
UNFCCC website:
Climate Action Network (CAN):

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