U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Dust-Up in Durban: Breakthrough or Breakup?

Dust-Up in Durban: Breakthrough or Breakup?

After the progress made at UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks in Cancún, Mexico in 2010, many observers had unrealistically high hopes for the recently-concluded talks held in Durban, South Africa. To a great extent, those hopes were dashed.

The divide between developed and developing countries on some fundamental issues about roles and responsibilities remain as wide as ever. Developing countries want greater ambition and financial and technology support from developed countries while developed countries point to the explosive growth in emissions from rapidly growing developing countries and argue that all large economies have to make commitments.

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