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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Back in Bonn

For the first time after the Conference held in Copenhagen, countries will meet next Friday in a round of formal U.N. climate talks. According to the UNFCCC agenda, national representatives of the 194 Parties will resume negotiations on the future climate agreement from 9 to 11 April 2010 in Bonn, Germany.
This first session will mainly focus on the organization of work of the two Ad Hoc Working Groups this year, including the need for additional meetings, with the objective to address pending issues and reach a shared outcome at the Conference of the Parties (COP-16) in Mexico next December.

UNFCCC Overview scedule