Outcome of the Bonn Climate Change Talks, 2-13 June
The Bonn Talks included the second major session this year on a strengthened international climate
change agreement to be finalized in December 2009 in Copenhagen.
As agreed at the previous session of Climate Change Talks in Bangkok, all five elements of the
negotiations - adaptation, mitigation, technology, finance and a shared vision for long-term
cooperative action - were discussed under the Convention at the Bonn session. more
Opening meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
Participants discussing between sessions
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressing the media at the closing press conference on the
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Summing up the Talks at the closing press conference, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, said
Parties had called for proposals which would enable them to deliver on the four key elements of an
agreed outcome in Copenhagen: mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance. But with negotiating
time up to 2009 running short, he urged that "proposals need to become more
Mr. de Boer spoke of real progress having been made in implementing action on adaptation to climate
change. He also expressed the hope that developed countries would announce voluntary contributions to
the Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund at the Climate Change Conference in Poznan in December.
The agreement to scale up practical technology transfer efforts was also welcomed by Mr. de Boer, but
he cautioned that "a larger advance in technology cooperation will be crucial for the
success of a Copenhagen agreement."
"The road ahead is daunting," he said. While acknowledging the commitment
of many countries to reach an agreed outcome in Copenhagen, he stressed that "it is
crucial that the next meetings produce concrete negotiating texts."
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer speaking at the opening press conference on the first day of
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At the opening press conference, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, outlined the main issues
under discussion, including adaptation to climate change, the development and transfer of technology,
reduced emissions from deforestation, and finance.
A critical issue, he said, would be financial engineering: "How to generate sufficient
financial resources that will drive the technology into the market that allows developing countries
to act, both to limit their emissions and to adapt to the impacts of climate change."
Mr. de Boer explained that both the group negotiating an enhanced long-term response to climate
change, and the group discussing further commitments for Parties to the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012,
were continuing their work in Bonn. Both sets of negotiations are set to conclude in Copenhagen at
the end of 2009.
"The world is expecting a Copenhagen deal to reach the goal set by science without
harming the economy. Parties will need to make real progress towards this goal," he
In-session workshops and roundtables
A workshop on the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will take place on Friday, June 6 in room Reger. This
workshop has been organized by the secretariat following a request by the SBSTA. Experts from the three
working groups of the IPCC will be giving presentations on the findings of the AR4.
The general objectives, focus and structure of the workshops are presented in the Information note (132 kB) prepared by the secretariat under the guidance of the Chair of
AWG-LCA in order to facilitate active and concrete contributions by Parties to the workshops:
Workshop on advancing adaptation through finance and technology, including national adaptation
programmes of action more information
Workshop on effective mechanisms and enhanced means for the removal of obstacles to, and provision of
financial and other incentives for, scaling up of the development and transfer of technology to
developing country Parties in order to promote access to affordable environmentally sound technologies;
and ways to accelerate deployment, diffusion and transfer of affordable environmentally sound
technologies more information
Workshop on investment and financial flows to address climate change more information