UN Framework Convention On Climate Change

Last updated: January 30, 2017

What Does UN Framework Convention On Climate Change Mean?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty. Its purpose is the global stabilizing of greenhouse gas levels in our atmosphere to a level that no longer threatens human health or life support systems on our planet that contribute to human health and well being. The treaty was negotiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) or Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro from the 3rd to 14th of June 1992.

Safeopedia Explains UN Framework Convention On Climate Change

The treaty is a framework for creating specific international protocols, which may have legally binding limits placed on greenhouse gas emissions which are enforceable. These specific protocols will detail enforcement mechanisms for specific countries so that emissions are kept under set limits for a protocol. The UNFCCC treaty itself is not legally binding on its own, and contains no specific limits or enforcement mechanisms. UNFCCC is presently the only international climate policy with such a broad scope.


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