After the longest session on record, governments at the COP17 in Durban in
December 2011 agreed to negotiate by 2015 a climate deal to enter into force in
2020. The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action defied predictions that the
meeting in South Africa would lead to a collapse of the UN climate talks. Many
parties from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have worked many years to
make possible the political compromise achieved in the final hours and included
in the Durban Platform. Today, the challenge is to make this platform ambitious
enough to avoid dangerous climate change.
In this new CDKN and Energeia Policy Brief we discuss the outcomes of the
COP17, the contribution Latin America and the Caribbean made and the
implications of the Durban Platform for the region. The Brief finishes by
offering a set of recommendations:
1. Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries supporting high ambition
at the international climate negotiations need to continue to shape a more
ambitious climate narrative by acting together, domestically and
internationally, and strengthening existing work with experts on bold action
both within and outside the COPs.
2. Informal exchanges inside and outside of the UNFCCC process to jointly
define key milestones for the Durban Platform and identify areas of convergence
and divergence must take place within LAC countries and with Africa and Asia
between now and 2015.
3. Both at home and abroad, the LAC region needs to improve how it
communicates its successes on low carbon, climate resilient strategies to keep
building confidence and generating a stronger impact at the international
4. LAC countries need to continue to explore how best to advance national
conversations linking climate change issues such as mitigation and resilience
plans to national interests and potential losses in food security,
infrastructure and trade.
To read the Policy Brief click here.