Second Round of Bonn UN Climate Change Talks Continues

A fresh round of UN Climate Change talks kicked off on Monday with representatives from 182 governments meeting in Bonn to take forward work from last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15). As COP 15 failed to reached a global climate change agreement succeeding the Kyoto Protocol, the talks are designed to pick up on issues that were not resolved in Copenhagen and to pave the way for the full implementation of climate change action across the globe.

Whether a global climate change deal can already be reached at the Cancun Climate Change Conference at the end of the year is doubtful, write German newspapers like Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The Copenhagen meeting may have postponed an outcome for at least a year, but it did not postpone the impacts of climate change, said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. The deadline to agree an effective international response to climate change at Copenhagen was set because governments, when launching negotiations in Bali in 2007, recognised the scientific warning on climate for what it was: a siren call to act now, or face the worst, he added.

From Tuesday, government delegates countries will begin discussing a new negotiating text under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1 June 2010, page 12

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