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Published on Jan 20, 2010
Addressing the media for the first time since last month's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said the fact that Copenhagen did not deliver the full agreement the world needs to address climate change just makes the task more urgent.
Three key things that Copenhagen produced were: 1) It raised climate change to the highest level of government; 2) The Copenhagen Accord reflects a political consensus on the long-term, global response to climate change; 3) The negotiations brought an almost full set of decisions to implement rapid climate action near to completion.
Mr. de Boer said that were now in a cooling off period that gives countries useful and needed time to resume their discussions with each other. If countries follow up the outcomes of Copenhagen calmly, with eyes firmly on the advantage of collective action, they have every chance of completing the job, he said.