Do summits ever work?
A two-week summit on endangered species in Doha, Qatar is aiming to save bluefin tuna from extinction by imposing an international trade ban. What can really be achieved at an international summit?
While the EU and US support a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna proposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Japan has indicated that it would opt out of a trade ban, as it is entitled to do under CITES rules.
Recent international summits have proven disappointing. Carbon emissions targets set by 2009's COP15 environmental conference were labelled "pathetic" by one of India's negotiators and 2010's meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos ended with few new plans or real achievements.
What do you think of this convention's goals? Are summits an effective way of reaching international consensus? Should international problems be tackled differently?