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Durban Conference should avoid "unifying tracks" forcibly

(People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:26, December 09, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 9, the 17th Conference of Contracting Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Durban, South Africa.

After the high expectations on the Copenhagen Conference were crushed, all the countries calmed down and started to do self-examination, but the difficult compromises achieved in the Cancun Conference re-ignited the confidence of international communities once again. Currently, the whole world is paying close attention to the negotiations and prospects of the Durban Conference.

Determining the future of the Kyoto Protocol is the core task of the Durban Conference. Although the Cancun Agreement formally safeguards the Double-Track System, the imbalance of the two tracks is very severe. However, the protocol’s top-down approach to forcing emissions is being gradually replaced by voluntary commitments.

The year of 2012 will be an important period, and if the Durban Conference does not clarify the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the protocol will probably cease to exist except in name, and the two tracks will be unified hastily.

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