Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement following the conclusion of the United Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa.

Senator Boxer said: "I am pleased that the nations meeting in Durban have agreed to develop a legally binding commitment that applies to all countries. The agreements reached today also require better transparency and more accountability. This is a step forward in the effort to avoid dangerous climate change. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to build consensus to address this critical problem here at home."