The UNFCCC and COP17

With COP17 coming up in Durban from November 28th, this is just a short reminder about the UNFCCC – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is the body in overall control of promoting climate change as a global issue with its various associated schemes such as emissions control and carbon credit schemes. It is the global political body promoting the whole project for global political reasons. The UNFCCC is a treaty, a binding agreement reached nineteen years ago, not a subject for further negotiation. Here’s what it says about itself and its basic aim:-

Almost two decades ago, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever impacts were, by then, inevitable. This was in 1992.

The IPCC which receives most of the publicity is merely a subsidiary UN body tasked with finding and promoting compliant scientists willing to provide policy-driven evidence to support the aims of the UNFCCC, which as you can see is quite unequivocal about climate change.

There is no room here for a climate that may not be warming due to human activities, no room for alternative hypotheses because we are not dealing with scientific hypotheses. This has been pointed out many times, most recently by Donna Laframboise in her excellent book, but is worth saying again because you are not likely to see it given a high profile by the BBC when it reports COP17.

By 1995, countries realized that emission reductions provisions in the Convention were inadequate. They launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change, and, two years later, adopted the Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets. The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ends in 2012.

Even its supporters do not seem to have high expectations for COP17. We shall see, but anyone wishing to understand climate change and COP17 needs to understand the politics first, particularly the far-reaching global ambitions and policies of the UN. The science, which in any event is tainted with poor quality, exaggeration and even malpractice, comes a very poor second in order of importance.

4 comments for “The UNFCCC and COP17

  1. October 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    However, following the precautionary principle, uncertainty is not a reason for inaction, and this is acknowledged in Article 3.3 of the UNFCCC


    • November 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Yes, I’m sure the precautionary principle is worth dissecting some time.

  2. ivan
    November 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    If the latest information from the Japanese satellite IBUKU is anything to go by then the *undeveloped* countries are the ones that are producing the most of the dreaded CO2 and so, according to the IPCC, heating the world.

    • November 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Yes I saw that – bit of a bummer isn’t it?

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