Early Saturday morning, negotiators settled on a climate change agreement! This agreement is a broad framework that lacks specificity, but this international agreement is a solid beginning.
Highlights of the agreement include a climate fund for developing countries, youth and non-formal education mentioned in the text of Article 6, and 1.5 degrees stated in the shared vision.
During climate change intersessional meetings in 2011, countries will continue to work on the text, and there is hope for a fair, ambitious, and binding deal at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa. In South Africa, nations will continue to negotiate the climate change agreement in working towards a commitment to science-based targets and a legally binding mechanism.
Cancun was successful in paving the way for Durban in 2011. Our WAGGGS delegation worked very hard this year, and we are proud of our impact at COP17. We look forward to educating our own communities about climate change and taking action back home to better the environment, remembering to "Think Globally. Act Locally."
Yours in Guiding and Scouting,