United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

by Laurent Cousineau
(Montreal)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, abbreviated as UNFCCC, establishes a global framework for countries around the world to help stop climate change.

So far, 189 countries have ratified this international convention.

The UNFCCC recognizes the important role mankind has played in changing the climate due to large emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide.

Under the UNFCCC, governments will:

  • Collaborate in preparing for adaptation to the many effects of climate change
  • Gather and distribute various information on greenhouse gas emissions, national policies, as well as best practices to reduce these emissions
  • Launch national strategies to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions
  • Provide financial and technological support to developing countries in climate change adaptation and mitigation

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