2001 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 2001 United Nations Climate Change Conference took place from October 29 to November 10, 2001 in Marrakech , Morocco . The Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The negotiators wrapped up the work on the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, finalizing most of the operational details and setting the stage for nations to ratify the Kyoto Protocol . 

The completed package of decisions is Known as the Marrakech Accords . The United Statesdelegation maintained its role, declining to participate actively in the negotiations. Other parts continued to express hope that the United States would re-engage in the process of achieving ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by the number of countries required to ratify it. accounting for 55% of developed country carbon dioxide emissions in 1990). The date of the World Summit on Sustainable Development(August-September 2002) was put forward to a target by the Kyoto Protocol into force. The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in Johannesburg , South Africa .

The main decisions at COP 7 included:

  • Operational rules for international emissions trading between parties to the Protocol and for the CDM and joint implementation;
  • A compliance regime, which has the following consequences for failure to meet the targets of the Protocol.
  • Accounting procedures for the flexibility mechanisms;
  • A decision to consider at COP 8 how to achieve a review of the adequacy of commitments that could lead to discussions on future commitments by developing countries.

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