On the road again: progressive countries score a realpolitik victory in Durban while the real climate continues to heat up

This report by Wolfgang Sterk, Christof Arens, Florian Mersmann, Hanna Wang-Helmreich and Timon Wehnert analyses the international climate negotiations at the UN climate conference in Durban in December 2011. The conference revolved around two key sets of issues: What will be the overarching long-term framework of international climate policy and what near-term action will be taken to combat climate change? Accordingly, the first part of the report is devoted to the negotiations and outcome on the legal form of the future climate regime while the second part discusses near-term action along the "building blocks" of the Bali Action Plan.