Monday, April 12, 2010
The long road to Cancun
After a night of negotiations, the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn concluded this early morning. Parties agreed on the future negotiating agenda, adding two more sessions before the big conference in Cancun. So, in 2010, countries will meet four times in an attempt to reach an agreement by the end of the year. However, two aspects stand out from this short meeting. The first is the "gigatonne gap", it's not a new concept but it's the first time that countries explicitly talk about it. Gigatonne gap refers to the gap between the reduction targets proposed by countries and the emission cuts needed to keep the temperature under the 2 degrees objective.The second point is how to include the Copenaghen Accord in a common text under the UNFCCC. In this regard, some countries suggested that negotiations should continue its work with the last text drafted by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) in Copenhagen, while others argued that future negotiation should be based on the Copenhagen Accord.The two working groups concluded the meeting by inviting the Chairs to prepare documents to facilitate negotiations during the next Talks, to be held from May 31 to June 11, again in Bonn.