In preparation for Doha: defining “legal instrument”; the 2013 – 2015 review; and the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol
This paper by FIELD, highlights the fragility of the Durban compromises and the need for progress in Doha. It considers some issues at the centre of the negotiations in preparation for the eighteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC and the COP 18 serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 8), which will take place in Doha in late 2012.
The paper addresses two of the main components of the package of compromises from the Durban Conference in 2011: the 2013-15 review, highlighting the roles of equity and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities (CBDRRC) in guiding the review, and the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, highlighting its importance as part of the Durban compromises.
The 2013-2015 review and a successful conclusion of the negotiations on the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol are likely to be critical to the success of the multilateral climate change regime.