Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Kyoto Protocol was decided in the 12/11/1997. It was named after the place of the conference (Koyoto Japan), in the end of 2012 it will obviously run out and his future is still uncertain. See also the 16th signatory conference in Cancun in the end of 2010.
The protocol was decided within the scope of the climate frame convention of the United Nations (UNFCCC) with the aim of the climate protection.
see also: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety