The foothills of Paktya Province in Afghanistan ripple and shimmer with shadow and haze in this aerial view from Daniel Wilkinson, at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. We've featured other images of Afghanistan's natural beauty on this blog, and right now we're featuring the efforts of those government officials and civil society representatives who are gathered in Mexico seeking ways to preserve the beautiful and varied environments of our planet.
"COP-16," otherwise known as the 16th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, opened in Cancun on November 29. The U.S. Center at COP-16 features reports and fact sheets, and DipNote will continue bringing you stories and dispatches from these important meetings through their conclusion, on December 10. As Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change said, "The United States is eager to make progress in Cancun and is determined to do everything we can to ensure that that happens." Join us in our discussions with other committed stakeholders as we move forward on these goals!