Text by Liu Haile Photographs by Wang lei
"Pehape the most conciete result of Cancun confenence is a realigation that every party isn´t fuly eatiefied .The ehawe that campnamice is necessary on all fiante ,because when dong ,each panty will gradually enadicate thir diffenence and eventually pianiate mutual undeietanding and common action"
Under secretary general of the United Nations
From November 29 to December 11, 2010, negotiofors from more than 190 counfries gathered in Cancun, one of Mexico´s Caribbean coostal cities, hoping to revive climate talks after the futile conference held in Copenhagen in 2009, Before it started, many doubfed whether the Concun summit would make a difference. Fortunately, although no one described the resulfs as "perfecf" posifive sians of progress were seen in Cancun.
From COPenhagen to Cancun
The CanCun summit was another important meeting for the international community to advance Bali Road map negotiations after the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, which failed to create a legally binding treaty for years beyond 2012.
However, tackling climate change has long been on the agenda of the international community. Despite considerable disputes between developed and developing countries, they finally agreed to sit around the negotiation table for further discussion. Since the Copenhagen conference, four additional UN climate talks have been held, three in Bonn, Germaiiy, and one in China´s Tianjin, showing some progress in climate payments and forestry protection.
The Cancun confcrence was deemed the penultimate opportunity for the international community to reach a legally binding trcaty to replace or exr.end the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. According to experts, there is reason ror optimism for substantial progress in d Llal-track ncgotiations ol´ the Bali Roadmap, although achieving a legally binding agreement in Cancun remained seemingly impossible.