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Copenhagen Summit

  • By: Jo A. Arney
  • In: Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Environmental Sociology, Environmental Technology, Policy & Management, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

The Copenhagen Summit was an international meeting addressing global climate and climate change. It was the 15th meeting between countries belonging to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change. It represented the most recent attempt to form a global treaty addressing climate change. Government leaders from 192 countries met in Copenhagen, Denmark, from December 7 through December 18, 2009, to discuss cutting global emissions. The goals of the summit included developing a global framework addressing climate change, and garnering international agreement about how to combat climate change. Critics argue that the summit was not successful in achieving either of these goals. Despite hopes that the Copenhagen Summit would produce a legally binding treaty, the conference never overcame negotiating impasses and it is not legally ...

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