The Copenhagen accord: a stepping stone?

After the Copenhagen Climate Summit the world still needs a fair, ambitious and binding treaty to protect people and nature from runaway climate change. This paper identifies important next steps governments should take on a path towards agreeing such a treaty. First, it assesses the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Summit and details the strengths and weaknesses of the Copenhagen Accord. Then it outlines how the Accord could become an instrument to accelerate progress in the ongoing UN climate negotiations. Finally, the paper identifies some parameters to judge the adequacy of what countries put forward when taking the suggested steps.