International Action: A Timeline Of Agreements & Commitments For Action

  • The First IPCC Report On Climate Change.

    The report confirmed that climate change is a reality and was supported by scientific.
  • UN Framework Convention On Climate Change

    It was the Rio Earth Summit. This was signed by 154 governments. The objective of the convention was to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations.
  • Second IPCC Report

    This report concludes that the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on the global climate.
  • Kyoto Protocol Takes Effect

    The Kyoto Protocol enters into force in February after it is ratified by enough countries to account for at least 55 percent of global emissions. Notably, it does not include the United States, the world’s leading carbon emitter. Between 2008 and 2012, when the protocol is set to expire, countries are supposed to reduce emissions by their pledged amounts.
  • Negotiations Begin for Kyoto 2.0

    During the conference, discussions begin on a stronger successor to the Kyoto Protocol. But they come to a standstill after the United States objects to a widely backed proposal that calls for all industrialized nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by specific targets. U.S. officials argue that developing countries must also make commitments.
  • U.S. Joins Bold Statements at UN

    Three months ahead of the target date for a new agreement, several world leaders pledge actions during a UN summit on climate change hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.