Underlying Problems of the Kyoto Protocol

1481 WordsFeb 4, 20186 Pages
For the past years, global warming and climate change became important issues of science and the environment. However, with the realization of the possible threats it poses to humankind in general, global warming gained international significance. Climate change is a global problem that requires a global response embracing the needs and interests of all countries (Boer, 2008). Countries around the world, convinced by the threats of the global warming, choose to act hand-in-hand to face to the issue. United Nations, the pioneering organization that resolves international conflicts, organized the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in July 1992. The conference, organized a series of talks to create a treaty whose goal is to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. It resulted in the creation of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Commission (UNFCCC), the first step of the international community in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. The Convention enjoys near universal membership, participated by 195 states. By considering global warming as a multilateral issue that knows no territorial boundaries, the treaty asks the cooperation of the participating states in combating the issue. The framework, although a very significant step in mitigating global warming, failed to accomplish its targets because of its inadequate
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