The Seventh session of the AWG-KP and fifth session of the AWG-LCA took place from Sunday 29 March to Wednesday 8
April 2009 at the Maritim Hotel,
Bonn. It was the first of five planned negotiating sessions before COP 15 in Copenhagen in December.
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 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. Read submissions and how to submit More on AWG-KP
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 documentwas presented by
the Chair of the AWG-LCA at a pre-sessional event,
(160 kB) in an informal setting in Bonn, 27 March. The presentation is available here
(66 kB) . Three in-session workshops were held
during the session.
On-going invitation for submissions to the AWG-LCA (209 kB) Submissions by Parties Submissions by IGOs Submissions by observers More on AWG-LCA
Press conference video statement
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefing the press on the final day of the Bonn Talks Download as Podcast
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
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.
Yvo de Boer briefs journalists at a media training workshop
AWG-LCA contact group on delivering on technology and financing
A packed auditorium for the second AWG-LCA workshop of the current session
Delegates listening intently to the debates during the AWG-LCA workshop
Translating the negotiations into the official UN languages
UNEP side event presenting a popular guide to the latest IPCC reports
AWG-KP in-session workshop on potential consequences
Display banners on the major themes under discussion
Youngsters listening in on the negotiations that will affect their future
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 Download as Podcast
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
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
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
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.