Monday, June 21, 2010

Text and Talks

Two weeks of extremely busy agendas, crowded meeting rooms (overflow rooms were sometimes needed) and no substantive outcomes characterized the Bonn June talks (May 31st-June 11th).
No agreement was reached on the text to be presented at Cancun in November, and the Bonn August talks are now the last chance to find a compromise (the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) – who drafted the text – asked the Parties to compile a revised version by the next negotiating session).
All the countries that didn’t agree to the Copenhagen Accord (Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Sudan, Venezuela, Tuvalu) were still expressing the same claims - Bolivia was in the forefront, taking an almost obstructive stance, while Cuba didn’t actually intervene in the negotiations - decreasing the currently low chances of reaching an agreement in Cancun (Table).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Numbers...again!

The two weeks of negotiating talks held in Bonn concluded yesterday. During this session, Parties resumed negotiations from the two Ad Hoc Working Groups left open in December. Also both Subsidiary Bodies started their work again.

During the weeks developing countries asked for a more ambitious mitigation target, namely a limit to the atmospheric temperature increase by 1.5°C.