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<p>The European Union welcomes the positive results of the United Nations climate conference held in Cancún from 29 November to 11 December 2010. The Cancún Agreements, a balanced and substantive package of decisions adopted at the end of the conference, represent an important step on the road to building a comprehensive and legally binding framework for climate action for the period after 2012. They strengthen the international climate regime, including through new institutions and funds.</p>
- climate change policy | international negotiations | financing policy | international cooperation
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, said: "The EU came to Cancún to get a substantial package of action-oriented decisions and keep the international climate change negotiations on track. We have helped to deliver the successful outcome the world expected and needed.
But the two weeks in Cancún have shown once again how slow and difficult the process is. Everyone needs to be aware that we still have a long and challenging journey ahead of us to reach the goal of a legally binding global climate framework".
The EU, the world's leading aid donor, presented a full and transparent report in Cancún on its delivery of fast start funding to support developing countries.
Building on the Copenhagen Accords
The Cancún Agreements build on the December 2009 Copenhagen Accord and also set out processes for making further international progress in combating climate change in the future. They represent a balanced compromise between different interests within the United Nations system.
- Cancún Agreements
- Conclusions setting out the EU position for Cancún, adopted by EU environment ministers (14 October 2010) and by the European Council (28-29 October 2010, see point III)
- 2010 progress report on fast start funding for developing countries
- EU climate financing aid - clarification
- EU side events
Press releases and statements
- SPEECH/10/755: Speech by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, in the European Parliament plenary debate on the outcome of the Cancún Climate Conference ( 14 December 2010)
- IP/10/1699: European Union welcomes Cancún Agreements as important step towards global framework for climate action (29 November 2010)
- MEMO/10/673: Statements by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action on the Cancún Agreements on climate change (11 December 2010)
- MEMO/10/627: Questions and Answers on the UN climate conference in Cancún (29 November 2010)
- IP/10/1620: Cancún conference must mark significant step towards legally binding global climate framework (29 November 2010)
- SPEECH/10/687: Connie Hedegaard talks to MEPs on the preparations for the Cancún Climate Conference, during a plenary debate at the European Parliament (25 November 2010)
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Mexican Government Cancún conference
- Belgian EU Presidency
- Earth Negotiations Bulletin Cancún coverage