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UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Climate Change, UN Climate Regime, Retrospective


The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted in 1992 and it was opened for signature at Rio de Janeiro in June of that year. The 30th anniversary of its adoption offers an opportunity to reflect on more than a quarter of a century of UN climate diplomacy, and to consider the path ahead. This contribution takes a look back at the choices made that have led the regime to its current state. It then takes a look forward and considers the prospects of the regime meeting its ultimate aim of avoiding dangerous human interference with the climate system.