The resumed ninth session of the the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the
Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and resumed seventh session of the Ad Hoc
Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) were held from 2-6 November in Barcelona. The Talks took place
at the Barcelona Convention Centre, FIRA GRAN VIA, Carrer del Foc 47, 08038
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressing the media on the last day of the Barcelona Climate
Change Talks. Download as Podcast
Addressing the media on the final day of the Barcelona talks, Yvo de Boer said that progress had been
made during the week and that he was confident that Copenhagen would deliver a strong deal, which
must include the immediate implementation of key actions in developing countries.
Mr. de Boer spoke about the strong sense that the Kyoto Protocol needs to continue. He also said that
the Copehagen agreement must record, in black and white, the accountable commitments of individual
He stressed the urgency for industrialized countries to raise their ambitions and, in particular, the
importance of the U.S. announcing a clear, numerical mid-term emissions target. There was also a
need, he said, for industrialized nations to provide clarity on the amount of short- and long-term
finance to which they will commit.
With Copenhagen just four weeks away, Mr. de Boer said that Barcelona had underlined both in a
dramatic and in a quiet way that commitment and compromise will make Copenhagen the turning point.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressing the media on the opening day of the Barcelona
Climate Change Talks. Download as Podcast
Speaking to the press on the opening day of the Barcelona Climate Change Talks, Yvo de Boer said the
two-year Bali mandate to deliver a comprehensive, fair and effective answer to the climate threat
must now be fulfilled. He underlined that over 100 world leaders committed to success in Copenhagen
at the New York Summit on Climate Change in September.
While the Barcelona meeting is unlikely to resolve the big issues on finance and emission reduction
targets, it is critical in terms of putting the essential architecture in place to make a Copenhagen
agreed outcome function.
Highlighting the significant advances in the negotiations on adaptation,technology transfer, capacity-building and reducing
emissions from deforestation (REDD), he said Barcelona can shape these
advances into language that can make them essential components of a Copenhagen agreed outcome.
Mr. de Boer said that some details of implementation will be left till after Copenhagen, but
Copenhagen can and must capture a result to which nations can be held accountable.
AWG-LCA Closing Plenary
AWG-KP Closing Plenary
Yvo de Boer addressing the media at the final press conference
Reporters taking notes
Yvo de Boer receives TckTckTck clock
NGOs make their voices heard
A hive of activity in the corridors of the conference venue
Delegates rushing to meet schedules
Participants finding their way around on the opening day