Inching Forward at the Climate Talks in Buenos Aires

By Victoria Kellet, Chad Carpenter on January 16, 2002
From November 2 to 13, 1998, delegates from 170 countries met in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). This was the first Conference of the Parties (COP) since the landmark Kyoto Protocol was signed in December 1997, committing industrialized countries to targets to cut their emissions of greenhouse gases. The task of COP-4, as it was called, was to start elaborating some of the details wrapped up in the Kyoto Protocol and the Convention. As it turned out, negotiators made little progress in untangling the complex issues on the agenda. Instead, following hours of tortuous negotiations that stretched into dawn on the 14th, they adopted the "Buenos Aires Plan of Action," establishing a work program with firm deadlines for agreeing on issues.

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