The COP15 conference ended with little progress being made on finalising a replacement agreement to the Kyoto Protocol. Instead, the U.S. and a group of other countries drafted the Copenhagen Accord, a 12-point plan aimed at providing a global framework for addressing global warming. However, the “accord” has been widely criticized for the ‘take it or leave it’ approach to its development and its lack of specific binding targets and strategies. The accord had its origins in the Copenhagen Agreement which was developed by the "Circle of Commitment" and leaked to the Guardian early during the COP15 conference. The most recent international climate conference, COP16, took place in Mexico from November 29 – December 10.