The Bali Action Plan, agreed to by 187 nations (including the U.S.) in December 2007, is a critical step forward in shaping an international climate agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. It contains no binding commitments, but calls for deep cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions and provides a timetable of two years to shape the agreement.
It also introduced the notion of “nationally appropriate actions” whereby developing countries in a new international agreement meet CO2 reduction targets in ways that don’t constrain their ability to reach their sustainable development goals. It’s a concept WRI’s climate experts have been instrumental in shaping and expanding over the last few years in the international climate arena. WRI worked closely with South African negotiators and others to draft the language agreed to in the Bali Action Plan.