2002 United Nations Climate Change Conference

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United Nations Climate Change Conference
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Date 23 October 2002 (2002-10-23)
1 November 2002 (2002-11-01)
Location New Delhi, India
Also known as COP8
Participants UNFCCC member countries
Website The Delhi Ministerial Declaration

The 2002 United Nations Climate Change Conference took place from October 23 to November 1, 2002, in New Delhi, India. The conference included the 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference adopted the Delhi Ministerial Declaration[1] that, amongst others, called for efforts by developed countries to transfer technology and minimize the impact of climate change on developing countries. It is also approved the New Delhi work programme[2][3][4][5] on Article 6 of the Convention.[6] The COP8 was marked by Russia's hesitation, stating that it needed more time to think it over. The Kyoto Protocol could enter into force once it was ratified by 55 countries, including countries responsible for 55 per cent of the developed world's 1990 carbon dioxide emissions. With the United States (36.1 per cent share of developed-world carbon dioxide) and Australia refusing ratification, Russia's agreement (17% of global emissions in 1990) was required to meet the ratification criteria and therefore Russia could delay the process.[7][8]


  1. ^ UNFCCC.int
  2. ^ UNFCCC.int
  3. ^ Amendment
  4. ^ Climateanddevelopment.org
  5. ^ Naturvardsverket.se
  6. ^ Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is about education, training and public awareness
  7. ^ "2002 Russia hesitates". Timeline : Nature Reports Climate Change. Nature. 2002. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hopkin, Michael (September 30, 2004). "Russia backs Kyoto treaty". Nature. Retrieved December 31, 2012.