"The stage has been set, now we must fill it with content," said Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister, at the opening of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 20th Conference of Parties (COP20).
In the lead up to this event, which is the apex of all international climate fora, the expectations for action on climate change have been high. What a difference a year can make. At COP19 in Warsaw last November, any prospect of advancing an international climate treaty was considered dead on arrival. And while some incremental progress was made on establishing the structures of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the REDD+ mechanism, the Warsaw conference was slow to find a common cause to fight climate change. [view whole blog post ]