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Accra Climate Change Conference - August 2008

Accra Climate Change Conference - August 2008



The venue for the sessions was the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). A limited number of side events and exhibits focused on the Accra Climate Talks took place.

The Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) held its third session, while the Ad hoc Working Group on further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) finished the first part of its sixth session.

AWG-LCA reports and submissions
AWG-KP reports and submissions

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Accra International Conference Center
Accra International Conference Centre
Ghanaian and UN flag outside confernce center
Ghanaian and UN flags outside conference centre
Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) Workshop on cooperative sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions, in order to enhance implementation on Article 4, paragraph 1(c), of the Convention (Continuation)
Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) Workshop
Participants in the Accra International Conference Center discussing between sessions
Participants in the Accra International Conference Centre discussing between sessions
Press conference video statement


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the final day of the Accra Climate Change Talks
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Briefing the media on the final day of the Talks, Yvo de Boer gave an upbeat assessment of progress made: "We're still on track, the process has speeded up and governments are becoming very serious about negotiating a result in Copenhagen."

The debate on the important topic of deforestation and forest conservation, he said, had resulted in countries expressing the clear desire for this issue to be part of a Copenhagen agreement.

Further important discussions focused on ways of improving the clean development mechanism (CDM). Insufficient investment in Africa was cited as one of the CDM's shortcomings now being addressed. On the controversial issue of sectoral approaches, Mr. de Boer said that a constructive debate had made it clear that they were not about imposing targets on developing countries.

The absolute highlight of the session, Mr. de Boer said, had been the mandate given by governments to the Chair of the working group on long-term cooperative action to compile proposals made so far and to be made in the coming weeks. The achievement of the Accra meeting had therefore been in "providing the basis for real negotiations to begin in Poznań."


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressing the media at the start of the Accra Climate Change Talks
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At the opening press conference in Accra, the UN's top climate change official underlined the urgency for progress in the Talks on a strengthened international climate change agreement, to be concluded next year in Copenhagen.

"Negotiations need to speed up and become more concrete if Governments are to meet the 2009 deadline they have set for themselves," he said.

With the two negotiating groups under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol continuing their work, Mr. de Boer said that "Accra needs to produce concrete proposals to be included in a draft text for Copenhagen," stressing that "time is short and the clock is clearly ticking."

Mr. de Boer highlighted the importance of the venue for these Talks, given Africa's particular vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. African countries, he said, had the opportunity to make a real contribution to the design of a strengthened climate change deal based on their needs.

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