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Bonn Climate Change Conference - March 2009

Bonn Climate Change Conference - March 2009



Seventh session of the AWG-KP

In 2009 the Group will focus on agreeing on further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol. Such an agreement will emerge as the Group develops: A text for any proposed amendments pursuant to Article 3.9 of the Kyoto Protocol, and a text on the issues outlined in paragraph 49 of document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8. At its seventh session, the AWG-KP discussed issues identified in paragraph 49 of document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8. It also considered four notes prepared by the Chair with a view to advancing work on the aforementioned texts. The seventh session of the AWG-KP was preceded by a number of pdf-icon preparatory events (160 kB) to allow Parties to focus in on detailed issues in preparation for the negotiations during the seventh session. One in-session workshop and one pre-sessional workshop were held.
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Fifth session of the AWG-LCA

The AWG-LCA had before it a document (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/4) prepared to further focus the negotiating process on the fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan and on the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted at COP 15. The document describes areas of convergence in the ideas and proposals of Parties, explores options for dealing with areas of divergence, and identifies any gaps that might need to be filled in reaching an agreed outcome. This document builds upon the ideas and proposals of Parties and document FCCC/AWGLCA/2008/16/Rev.1 and takes account of further submissions received from Parties by 6 February 2009. This document was presented by the Chair of the AWG-LCA at a pdf-icon pre-sessional event, (160 kB) in an informal setting in Bonn, 27 March. The presentation is available pdf-icon here (66 kB) . Three in-session workshops were held during the session.
pdf-icon On-going invitation for submissions to the AWG-LCA (209 kB)
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Press conference video statement
8 April



UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the final day of the Bonn Talks
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Briefing journalists on the final day of the Bonn Talks, Yvo de Boer reported that solid progress had been made. He said the meeting had given important guidance on what a Copenhagen agreement must contain, and a first round of discussions had been held on what legal form an agreed outcome might take.

With regard to emission targets for industrialized countries, he cautioned that the numbers discussed so far fell well short of the range recommended by the IPCC, and stressed the need for these countries to show greater ambition. He pointed out that developing countries were willing to undertake mitigation actions if the promised financial and technical support were delivered, while some already had climate change strategies in place.

Progress was made on technology transfer, and agreement reached on the need to boost funding for adaptation. Mr. de Boer said more clarity was still needed on industrialized country commitments to produce the scale of finance required for both mitigation and adaptation. He added that real negotiations based on negotiating texts would take place at the next meeting in June.

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6 April
Yvo de Boer briefs journalists at a media training workshop
Yvo de Boer briefs journalists at a media training workshop
AWG-LCA contact group on delivering on technology and financing
AWG-LCA contact group on delivering on technology and financing
1 April
A packed auditorium for the second AWG-LCA workshop of the current session
A packed auditorium for the second AWG-LCA workshop of the current session
Delegates listening intently to the debates during the AWG-LCA workshop
Delegates listening intently to the debates during the AWG-LCA workshop
31 March
Translating the negotiations into the official UN languages
Translating the negotiations into the official UN languages
UNEP side event presenting a popular guide to the latest IPCC reports
UNEP side event presenting a popular guide to the latest IPCC reports
30 March
AWG-KP in-session workshop on potential consequences
AWG-KP in-session workshop on potential consequences
Display banners on the major themes under discussion
Display banners on the major themes under discussion
29 March
Youngsters listening in on the negotiations that will affect their future
Youngsters listening in on the negotiations that will affect their future
The opening of the negotiations captures widespread attention
The opening of the negotiations captures widespread attention
Press conference video statement


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the opening day of the Bonn Talks
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Briefing the media on the opening day of the Bonn Talks, Yvo de Boer pointed to the limited negotiating time left until Copenhagen in December to deliver a meaningful long-term response to climate change.

He said the agreement in Copenhagen needed to deliver clarity on at least four things:

  • On what industrialized countries will do, through individual targets, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • On what developing countries will do to limit the growth of their emissions
  • On finance, since developing countries cannot be expected to act on this issue without financial support
  • On governance, since a governance structure is needed that gives an equal voice to developing countries in how the resources available for mitigation and adaptation are used.

Several documents are on the table in Bonn that go towards future targets for industrialized countries, he said. There are also two much broader documents proviiding a basis for negotiation in the context of the Bali Road Map under the Convention. The aim is to have a fully-fledged negotiating text on the table by June.

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