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A Must Deal: Is the World Ready for a Binding Climate Treaty?

Jacob Werksman is a trade specialist in global climate negotiations. Educated at the University of Cambridge and King’s College of London, in the United Kingdom, and University of Michigan and Columbia, in the United States, Werksman is an experienced hand on the nexus between climate change and development. Before becoming the principal advisor to the Director General for Climate Action of the European Commission (EC), Werksman served in United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rockefeller Foundation and World Resource Institute. In his current position, he serves as one of the high level climate policy individuals of the EC.

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Doha Climate Summit Ends With No New CO2 Cuts or Funding

The United Nations climate talks in Doha went a full extra 24 hours and ended without increased cuts in fossil fuel emissions and without financial commitments between 2013 and 2015. “This an incredibly weak deal,” said Samantha Smith representing the Climate Action Network, a coalition of more than 700 civil society organisations.

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Q&A: COP18, Another ‘Conference of Polluters’

There is no political will among rich nations to find funding for developing countries experiencing the brunt of changes in global weather patterns, and the current climate change conference will fail to do so, according to Professor Patrick Bond, a leading thinker and analyst on climate change issues.

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Durban: Governments hail historic deal

DURBAN – Governments, including 38 industrialised countries, have agreed to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol from January 2013 as the COP17 drew to a close on early hours of Sunday morning. After going into almost 24 hours of extra time, governments have decided to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change no later than 2015.

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Kyoto Protocol – Hopes for Tangible Results Remain Slim

DURBAN – The last hours of the 17th United Nations climate change summit in Durban have begun. Since the arrival of almost 150 ministers and heads of state on Tuesday, negotiations have moved to the political level. They are expected to debate the way forward until late Friday night, or even Saturday morning.

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Q&A: why Africa must remain united in Durban

DURBAN, South Africa – African leaders have urged the international community to move the United Nations climate change negotiations, which started in Durban, South Africa on Monday, to a different level, and to prioritise adaptation for the continent.

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