Climate change: action needed on all fronts
Ten years have passed since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force on 21 March 1994.
In this article, Joke Waller-Hunter, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, reviews what has happened since then, focusing in particular on the relationship between carbon emissions and world economic output (or 'carbon intensity').
Waller-Hunter acknowledges that it is developing countries that are most vulnerable, but admits to being surprised about calls for a greater focus on adaptation. She argues that action is required on all fronts, including more intense efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.