Bonn, Germany — The "ultimate objective" of the The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is for participating parties to achieve “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” The document lays out guiding principals and requires signatories to make a number of commitments to achieve this goal. It also includes consensus on basic definitions of key words and phrases -- including “climate change” itself.

The complete document is available online. The Web site also offers a number of guide books for understanding the climate change process, this U.N. convention, and the Kyoto Protocol.