The first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under
the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the first part of the seventh
session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) took place between Monday 28 September and Friday 9 October 2009 at the
United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the United Nations Economic
and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, 10200 Thailand.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary addressing the media on the final day of the Bangkok Talks. Download as Podcast
Addressing the media on the final day of the Bangkok session, Yvo de Boer spoke of a constructive two
weeks of talks, and said that all the ingredients for a successful outcome in Copenhagen are on the
World leaders set out a clear mandate to prevent dangerous climate change at last month's
summit, he said. In Bangkok, their negotiators have shown rapid progress on concrete ways to
implement the mandate, but are still hanging on to long-held differences.
Mr. de Boer stressed the urgency of raising ambitions and bridging the disconnect, adding that now is
the time to step back from self interest and let common interest prevail.
With the next session in Barcelona only three weeks away, Mr. de Boer said he hopes negotiators will
use the time to go back to those world leaders who called for a breakthrough in Copenhagen and get
from them a mandate to resolve the key political issues that remain outstanding.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressing the media at the end of the first week of Talks in
Bangkok Download as Podcast
At a press conference held midway through the Talks in Bangkok, Yvo de Boer spoke of encouraging
signals that the Talks can deliver the tools and rules essential to a successful climate change deal
Solid progress has been made already in some key areas of a global agreement, such as adaptation, technology and capacity-building in developing countries.
However, there is lack of clarity on two issues that are key to success in Copenhagen: rich nation
emission reduction targets and financial support for climate change action in developing countries.
De Boer stressed the importance of generating finance, stating that commitment from world leaders
without the means to implement it would prevent the world from acting fast enough to beat dangerous
Negotiators are beginning to slim down the text and identify key options. Next week, he said, they
must focus even harder on what must be in a Copenhagen text and what can be cut out or left till
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the opening day of the Bangkok Climate
Change Talks Download as Podcast
Briefing the media on the opening day of the Bangkok Climate Change Talks, Yvo de Boer said that
Bangkok was important in delivering some real answers on what should be the key elements of a
Referring to a series of important climate change meetings over the past week, he welcomed the
sincere commitment by Heads of State and Government to see a comprehensive, fair and ambitious deal
on climate change in Copenhagen in December. Bangkok was critical, he said, in putting these
political intentions into practical language that can constitute a Copenhagen agreement.
Calling the progress of negotiations "painfully slow," Mr. de Boer called for higher
ambition from industrialized countries to cut emissions and for financial support to help developing
He also underlined significant moves forward, including
recent climate change initiatives by both China and India, and Japan's pledge to increase
substantially its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Latest texts being snapped up in the plenary
Full house at the closing UNFCCC press conference
Youth activist Neera Thavornvanit presenting Yvo de Boer with signatures of Thai citizens calling for a
deal in Copenhagen.
A buzz of activity at the computer centre
Latest documents ready for collection
Deliberations continue in one of the meeting rooms
AWG-LCA and AWG-KP 2nd meeting: stocktaking
Digesting events during a break in the Talks
NGO rally in Bangkok calling for a strong climate deal
Another round of discussions about to get under way
Contact group on enhanced action on the development and transfer of technology
An appeal to protect the planet
Yvo de Boer seated on the podium alongside both the Prime Minister and Environment Minister of
Thailand, the Danish Minister of Climate and Energy and the Executive Secretary of ESCAP
The Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, addressing delegates at the opening of the