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Building a Framework for a New Global Climate Agreement

The time for action is now. Addressing climate change is one of humanity’s greatest and most pressing challenges – and one that requires an urgent and cooperative response.

Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) is a task force of world leaders committed to addressing climate change through international negotiations.  A joint initiative of the UN Foundation and the Club of Madrid, GLCA gathers former heads of state and government as well as leaders from business, government and civil society from more than 20 countries to lay the foundation for a new global climate change agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012. 

Under the leadership of Ricardo Lagos, President of the Club of Madrid, and UN Foundation President Timothy Wirth, and the guidance of UN Foundation Senior Fellow Mohamed El-Ashry, the task force produced a Framework for a Post-2012 Agreement on Climate Change that was approved by in Berlin in September 2007, was enthusiastically received at the Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, an initiative of the G8+12, and influenced the UN climate negotiations in Bali in December 2007.  To date the GLCA framework has been endorsed by 40 former heads of state and other world leaders, in addition to the GLCA members. 

The framework contains four pathways for negotiation – addressing issues of mitigation, adaptation, technology, and finance.  Two high-level roundtables on technology and finance are being organized later this year to further refine the framework’s recommendations on these issues in the run up to the UN climate change conferences in Poland in December.  The issues of mitigation and adaptation will be taken up in more detail in 2009.