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Understanding Climate Change: A Beginner's Guide to the UN Framework Convention and its Kyoto Protocol

This document, written on behalf of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, is one of the most accessible guides to the international policy response to climate change. Structured around eight key questions, the guide outlines how the Convention and its Protocol respond to the problems presented by global climate change. 

Particularly well written are the sections about equity, technology transfer, and the flexible mechanisms, which each explain in plain language the measures and actions provided by the two instruments. The document highlights the global significance and equity issues of climate change throughout. A number of cartoons are used to illustrate the key problems and solutions associated with climate policy.

This guide puts climate policy in lay terms without compromising any of the content. It is valuable for anyone not familiar with the international climate policy instruments. 

[This document is also available in French and Spanish.]

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