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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Setting a Long Term Climate Objective

This paper argues that defining objectives of the UNFCCC is now a matter of urgency and makes recommendations on how such a definition could be achieved.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) remains the fundamental basis for international action to address climate change. Its ultimate objective is to 'prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.' However, ten years after the Convention came into force, that objective remains undefined. This paper argues that defining it is now a matter of urgency and makes recommendations on how such a definition could be achieved.