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Progress through Modest Victories and Tentative Agreements

'Lima Call to Climate Action'

The United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, were important as the last preparatory meet ahead of the Paris talks in late 2015, where a new global agreement to combat climate change is to be negotiated. While few would characterise the "Lima Call to Climate Action" as a resounding success, given the deep differences that plague the climate negotiations, the Lima call represents progress and will stand countries in good stead as the drum roll for Paris begins.

The United Nations climate negotiations in Lima, December 2014, marked an important moment in the ongoing negotiations towards the 2015 climate agreement due to be concluded in Paris. As the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told assembled diplomats in Lima, “the best way to ensure success in Paris is to start with success in Lima”. While few would characterise the “Lima Call to Climate Action” as a resounding success, the Lima decision does take tentative yet significant steps towards Paris, and thus represents tangible progress in the negotiations. That the Lima Conference was able to arrive at an outcome, however weak, is in itself remarkable, given many countries had come to Lima determined not to foreclose options for themselves in the 2015 agreement, even if it came at the cost of failure in Lima.

Durban to Lima and Beyond

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