By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:29:15 GMT

COP 16 President Ms. ESperosa UNFCCC Executive Secretary Ms. Figueres

World leaders this weekend hailed an agreement on climate change that commits all major economies to greenhouse gas emission cuts and launches a fund to help vulnerable countries while sidestepping political land mines like the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
With the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world. The package, dubbed the Cancun Agreements was welcomed to repeated loud and prolonged applause and acclaim by Parties in the final plenary.
The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored, said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. Nations have shown they can work together under a common roof, to reach consensus on a common cause. They have shown that consensus in a transparent and inclusive process can create opportunity for all, she said. This is not the end, but it is a new beginning. It is not what is ultimately required but it is the essential foundation on which to build greater, collective ambition, said Ms. Figueres. 

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By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 18:06:33 GMT

Through hundreds of side events and exhibits organised in Cancun some of them were tackling HFCs and Climate Change. Last Wednesday a Side Event on Climate-friendly alternative technologies to HFCs has been hosted by "Refrigerants, Naturally!" The side event addressed issues such as how to avoid HFC emission increase and highlighted successful best practice models of alternative, climate-friendly technologies… Speakers included Greenpeace International (see Presentation) and GTZ Proklima (see Presentation). Both presentations emphasized the growing threat to our climate represented by HFCs. If nothing is done in order to replace HFCs by climate-friendly substances, their consumption will rise drastically and they will be responsible for a large part of greenhouse gas emissions in 2050. 

On Thursday two side events were also dealing with HFCs: a special webchat with Agustín Sánchez Guevara, our NOU and panelist for the U.S. Center program “Climate Solutions through Technology and Innovation: Alternatives to Hydrofluorocarbons.”  In the afternoon another side event was organized with US, Canada and Mexico. They proposed a trilateral amendment to expand the scope of the Montreal Protocol to address HFCs. Reducing HFCs would help slow climate change and curb potential public health impacts.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:08:36 GMT

Discover the different campaigns developed by our partners in Mexico and the institutional video of the National Ozone Unit.