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Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2009

Bonn Climate Change Conference - June 2009


In Focus - Negotiating Texts
AWG-KP Negotiating Texts on Further Emission Reduction Commitments for Annex I Parties
15 May 2009
The Chair of the AWG-KP has prepared two key documents to be discussed at the Bonn Talks in June that will provide a basis for the group to intensify negotiations on further emission reduction commitments for Annex I Parties. One key document focuses on amendments to the Kyoto Protocol relating to emission reduction commitments of industrialized countries for the second phase of the Protocol (post-2012). A second document covers other related issues, including emissions trading and the project-based mechanisms, and land use, land-use change and forestry.

Document on amendments to the Kyoto Protocol
Document on other related issues

AWG-LCA Negotiating Text
19 May 2009
A negotiating text has been prepared by the Chair of the AWG-LCA to facilitate the negotiations among Parties on the fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan towards the agreed outcome to be adopted at Cop 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009. The text builds upon ideas and proposals submitted by Parties and will be considered at the Bonn Talks in June.

AWG-LCA Negotiating Text

Submissions
Submissions to AWG-KP
Submissions to AWG-LCA from Parties, from IGOs, from Observers

Press conference video statement
12 June




UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the final day of the June Bonn Talks
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At a press conference on the last day of the two-week June meeting, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer spoke of a "significant session that has advanced our work in an important way."

The big achievement of the meeting, he said, is that "it has made clear what governments want to see in a Copenhagen agreement, which shows their commitment to reaching an agreement." With regard to mid-term emission cuts by industrialized countries, he emphasized the need for these countries to show greater ambition.

Important progress has been made on technology transfer. Parties welcomed three reports by the Expert Group on Technology Transfer that provide interesting ideas on what can be written into a Copenhagen deal on technology cooperation. Major advances on methodologies have also made it possible to measure and monitor emissions from deforestation, thus laying the groundwork for the inclusion of REDD into a Copenhagen agreed outcome.

Mr. de Boer also referred to encouraging new signals coming from governments and from the high-level processes that are committed to supporting a successful outcome in Copenhagen.

1 June


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the opening day of the June Bonn Talks
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Briefing the media on the opening day of the June session, Yvo de Boer spoke of a "significant new step" in the Talks, with real negotiating texts on the table for the first time. These provide a basis for drafting a Copenhagen agreed outcome, he said, without prejudging or precluding that outcome.

He spoke of "encouraging signs" regarding the need for clarity on by how much industrialized countries will reduce their emissions by 2020, as well as on what major developing countries will do to limit the growth of their emissions - two of the four political essentials that constitute a successful outcome.

Regarding the other two political essentials, he emphasized the need for clarity both on stable and predictable finance for adaptation and mitigation, and on governance - especially regarding finance and technology - with adequate representation for developing countries.

He pointed to significant ongoing work being undertaken under the Convention's two subsidiary bodies, including important debates on the review of the financial mechanism and on capacity-building.

Pictures
2 June
Coffee break at the Conference
Coffee break at the Conference
Delegates at the bustling computer centre
Delegates at the bustling computer centre

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