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Bonn Climate Change Conference - August 2009

Bonn Climate Change Conference - August 2009



Press conference video statement
14 August



UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the last day of the informal consultations in Bonn
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Briefing the media on the last day of the informal consultations in Bonn, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that while selective progress had been made to consolidate the huge texts on the table, "at this rate, we will not make it."

Negotiations needed to move much faster to deliver strong outcomes on areas such as adaptation, technology and building skills in developing nations, he said. Governments needed to buckle down and concretely identify how to achieve this.

He spoke of increasing momentum at a high political level for a strong result in Copenhagen, including the G8 and Major Economies Forum. However, a concerted response to climate change was essential to meet the concerns of developing countries.

Mr. de Boer stressed that "a climate deal in Copenhagen this year is an unequivocal requirement to stop climate change from slipping out of control."

The Secretary-General's Climate Change Summit to be held in New York on 22 September presents an opportunity for world leaders to provide clear political guidance.

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