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Daily Tck: Climate talks wrap up in Bonn

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13080055505_d0072a7868_zView of the Rhine river in Bonn

This week’s Bonn climate talks have wrapped up with the co-chairs officially suspending the ‘The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action’ (ADP) at 7pm on Friday evening.

This round of negotiations was the first of a limited number of opportunities for governments to put pen to paper on the 2015 climate agreement, for which a complete draft version is needed by year’s end.

Countries put forward their positions and visions on how individual components of the new agreement will operate, and the general tenor of public-facing exchanges was constructive. Any progress that was made, however, remains undefined and somewhat abstract.

Perhaps the most concrete potential outcome was for countries to more clearly define the scope and structure of the pledges – or ‘Nationally Determined Contributions’ – that will make up the substance of the 2015 deal, and a number of divisions remain.

Some developed countries, like the United States, insist that pledges should be limited to mitigation, while many developing countries are calling for pledges to include adaptation, finance, technology sharing and other elements in addition to mitigation.

What is clear, as Christian Aid Adviser Mohamed Adow described, is that countries “all have serious homework to do before they are able to put forward national contributions”. The slow pace of progress also prompted governments to agree to an additional negotiating session in October this year.

Then next major milestone in the UNFCCC process towards a 2015 deal will come in June, when upon their return to Bonn governments will re-open the ADP and begin a more formal phase of the drafting process.

The June session will include high-level meetings between ministers, with one day focused on the ADP and another focused on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. It will also include continued discussions on the massive potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency for securing near-term progress in the climate fight; and to the same end, workshops on the urban environment, land-use and forestry.

The session also represents the last opportunity for countries to collectively meet ahead of the UN Secretary General’s Leaders Summit in September, where they have been tasked with putting concrete proposals on the table for increasing climate ambition. With such a tight timeline to deliver on their climate promises, our partners are urging government negotiators to adopt “a much greater sense of urgency and a willingness to compromise”.

In the mean time, our partners’ energy and focus will split in a number of important directions. Some will return to Bonn later this month to help shape the new international ‘Loss and Damage’ mechanism. Others will put their energy into two major IPCC reports due out at the end of March and early April.

Many will focus on local and regional priorities, e.g. the Keystone XL pipeline in the US, the 2030 climate and energy package in the EU, national elections in India, and major planning meetings in Latin America. All the while, our partners’ efforts individually and collectively will be aimed at helping every country with its “homework”, and driving momentum towards a 2015 climate agreement.

From our partners

In their final ECO newsletter, CAN International call on governments to go home and do their homework ahead of the next climate meeting in June.

RTCC takes a look ahead to the June negotiation session and the decision to moves to more formal negotiations. They also live-blogged the talks closing session.

And in an interview with RTCC, Yeb Sano, head of the Philippines’ delegation explains why he believes fasting makes him a better negotiator.

Act Alliance examine the need for a balanced approach to mitigation and adaptation in the 2015 global climate agreement.

Earth in Brackets put this week’s negotiations into context.

In the news

EU warns of double-counting risk in U.N. emissions cut plan (Reuters)

China-U.S. Fault Lines Open Up at UN Climate Treaty Talks (Bloomberg)

Q&A: Top UNFCCC official on 2014-2015 climate negotiation priorities (Bloomberg BNA)

From elsewhere on the interwebs

IISD bring you their round-up of day 4 and day 5 of the conference.

UNFCCC Chief Executive calls on countries “to raise their eyes beyond business-as-usual” when the meet again in June.

One thought on “Daily Tck: Climate talks wrap up in Bonn”

  1. saludos, [email protected] it is time, that we realize that there is not sense of urgency about the terrible situation that we a humanity are facing re Global Warming… this affects life, LIFE, in this dear planet to which we all belong.. LIFE IN THE PLANET BELONGS TO THE PLANET.. WE CAN NOT EVEN TRY TO SAVE THE PLANET.. THE PLANET WILL, IN NATURAL WAYS, ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF NATURE SAVE ITSELF FROM US… for those people who so irresponsibly think that technology and science will save us, with inventions and innovations, not so.. science is about con- scioussness — and if our consciousness is so asleep and selfish… we are not getting too far.. they talk about creating floating cities in the universe, and some under the earth and under the sea… etc. etc. etc.. I AM OF THE TROPICS, I LOVE THE RADIANCE OF MY LAND, THE VOLCANOES, MOUNTAINS AND ALL.. I COULD HAVE NOT ASKED FOR A BETTER PLACE, EXCEPT NOT WANTING COLONIALISM, INTERVENTIONISM, AND BE FORCED TO LIFE TO BE A”BANANA REPUBLIC”, EVEN IF WE DO NOT GROW THEM FOR EXPORT.. I DO NOT NEED TO GO ANYWHERE ELSE.. BUT I DO WANT A HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL PLANET.. AND THE ENJOYMENT OF A MEANINGFUL AND USELF EXISTENCE FOR ALL.

    THUS, I KNOW AND AFFIRM THAT WE ARE THE ANSWER.. AND MUST BE ABOUT IT ..

    marta benavides — el salvador – GCAP GLOBAL