Same Procedure as Last Year? Same Procedure as Every Year

A first assessment of the climate conference in Doha

  • News 17.12.2012

The UN climate process has once again been saved. In an unprecedented manoeuvre, the conference's president rush-gavelled through the key decisions of the "Doha Climate Gateway" and overruled Russia's procedural objection. However, once again saving the process came at the expense of actually achieving substantive results. The outcome was always going to be modest, a new comprehensive climate agreement is scheduled only for 2015. But in the end it was even more modest than would arguably have been necessary. A first assessment of some of the key outcomes by Wolfgang Sterk, Christof Arens, Nicolas Kreibich, Florian Mersmann and Timon Wehnert, Wuppertal Institute.