The latest round of United Nations climate negotiations gets underway today in Cancun, Mexico, where representatives of approximately 200 countries will discuss the future of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. The negotiations in Cancun come almost a year since the summit in Copenhagen where high level negotiations fell short of producing a binding post-2012 pact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing aid to developing countries. As a result of its commitments under the Copenhagen Accord, the non-binding agreement that came out of the negotiations last December, the Government of Canada has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, but only if the United States takes comparable action.