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COP15 will be a tough affair, but there is a way to cut through the noise and focus on four key things that MUST be achieved there. According to Yvo de Boer (executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), the four essentials calling for an international agreement in Copenhagen are:

1. How much are the industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?
2. How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?
3. How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed?
4. How is that money going to be managed?

Let’s get to the basics first, so that the nay-sayers do not have a chance to hide the path to success by throwing complexity into the discussions.

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