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United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change 1992

Preamble

Article 1 - Definitions

Article 2 - Objective

Article 3 - Principles

Article 4 - Commitments

Article 5 - Research and Systematic Observation

Article 6 - Education, Training and Public Awareness

Article 7 - Conference of the Parties

Article 8 - Secretariat

Article 9 - Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice

Article 10 - Subsidiary Body for Implementation

Article 11 - Financial Mechanism

Article 12 - Communication of Information Related to Implementation

Article 13 - Resolution of Questions Regarding Implementation

Article 14 - Settlement of Disputes

Article 15 - Amendments to the Convention

Article 16 - Adoption and Amendment of Annexes to the Convention

Article 17 - Protocols

Article 18 - Right to Vote

Article 19 - Depositary

Article 20 - Signature

Article 21 - Interim Arrangements

Article 22 - Ratification, Acceptance, Approval of Accession

Article 23 - Entry Into Force

Article 24 - Reservations

Article 25 - Withdrawal

Article 26 - Authentic Texts

ANNEX I

Endnotes

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Metadata

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Manifest

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United Nations Framework Convention On Climate Change 1992

Article 3 - Principles

In their actions to achieve the objective of the Convention and to implement its provisions, the Parties shall be guided, inter alia, by the following:

1. The Parties should protect the climate system for the benefit of present and future generations of humankind, on the basis of equity and in accordance with their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities. Accordingly, the developed country Parties should take the lead in combating climate change and the adverse effects thereof.

2. The specific needs and special circumstances of developing country Parties, especially those that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, and of those Parties, especially developing country Parties, that would have to bear a disproportionate or abnormal burden under the Convention, should be given full consideration.

3. The Parties should take precautionary measures to anticipate, prevent or minimize the causes of climate change and mitigate its adverse effects. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing such measures, taking into account that policies and measures to deal with climate change should be cost-effective so as to ensure global benefits at the lowest possible cost. To achieve this, such policies and measures should take into account different socio-economic contexts, be comprehensive, cover all relevant sources, sinks and reservoirs of greenhouse gases and adaptation, and comprise all economic sectors. Efforts to address climate change may be carried out cooperatively by interested Parties.

4. The Parties have a right to, and should, promote sustainable development. Policies and measures to protect the climate system against human-induced change should be appropriate for the specific conditions of each Party and should be integrated with national development programmes, taking into account that economic development is essential for adopting measures to address climate change.

5. The Parties should co-operate to promote a supportive and open international economic system that would lead to sustainable economic growth and development in all Parties, particularly developing country Parties, thus enabling them better to address the problems of climate change. Measures taken to combat climate change, including unilateral ones, should not constitute a means of arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination or a disguised restriction on international trade.


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