With no legal power, the Copenhagen accord falls well short of the wishes of those most at risk from climate change.
Governments and NGOs alike have criticised the deal between the US, China, India, Brazil and South Africa, but Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, believes this it is a significant step forward.
So was utter failure avoided at Copenhagen, and what comes next?
Inside Story, with presenter Imran Garda, discusses with guests: Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, the managing editor of EurActiv, the EU's information website, Vandana Shiva, an ecologist and environmental activist, and Scott Lucas, a professor of American studies at the University of Birmingham.
This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, December 20, 2009.
Source: Al Jazeera