Definition of Copenhagen summit

This is a United Nations conference where delegations from 192 countries will attempt to form a new global agreement to curb their carbon emissions.  The objective is to forge a successor to the Kyoto protocol or treaty, and a continuation of the carbon market beyond 2012 when the current provisions of the treaty expire. [1]

This meeting is also known as COP15 which stands for 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Talks were held in 2009 from December 7 until December 18 in Copenhagen – the Danish capital.  [2]

Q&A: Deals and deadlines
Q&A: ‘No legally binding agreement to tackle global warming’
In depth: Copenhagen climate conference
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