Conclusions Seeking security

There is no doubt that when it comes to climate change, the focus of the international diplomatic community should be on the UNFCCC. It is under this body that critical talks are taking place that will shape and direct future climate change and energy policy.

This is not to say that other processes and bodies do not have a role to play. Both within and outside the UN, regional and multilateral groups can contribute. The Major Economies Meetings - gatherings of key industrialized and industrializing countries - can play a part. So, too, can the Group of 8 during its annual gatherings. Arguably, both already have played a useful role5 (UN Charter, Article 34). Even the Security Council could assist.

But these other processes should be secondary to the current work under the UNFCCC and its protocol. They should not distract from this central focus, and should be careful not to do anything that might erode trust at this critical period on the road to Copenhagen. In the coming months and years, it is the diplomatic efforts under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol that represent the international community's best hope of forging a global agreement on the scale needed to combat global warming and limit future climate and energy insecurity.

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