Meant to discuss an agreement for the prevention of further climate change, the UN conference on climate change held in Durban has resulted in much talk and scepticism.
In a news article titled "Climate deal just a ''plan to make a plan''", published on December 14, SIIA researcher Henrick Tsjeng comments on the outcomes of the Durban meet and subsequent efforts planned for cutting down greenhouse-gas emissions.
He said that the deal, which was achieved only after 30 hours of overtime, was "not particularly ambitious".
Mr Tseng was also pessimistic about its efficacy, given widespread reluctance among nations to commit. "A crisis of confidence in the Durban road map could erupt and the US, China and India will find less incentive to cooperate in forging and binding themselves to a global treaty," he said.