“The President of COP18/CMP8 hailed the agreement reached after two-weeks of grueling negotiations as a “Gateway to the future”. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah said the final extra day of the UN Climate Change Conference had been historic as all parties had reached consensus despite complications and many hours of extra consultation.
The “Doha Climate Gateway” – as Mr. Al-Attiyah called the deal – marked the beginning of discussions on a universal, legally-binding international agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which should be ratified in 2015 and come into force by 2020. “This is a gateway to the future, even beyond 2020,” he said. “We hope it will be a gateway for the whole world.” Continue reading