Bonn Climate Change Talks

10 08 2009

The countdown to the Copenhagen Climate Conference has begun. Just 118 days remain until members of the UNFCCC meet to discuss climate change and the task of renewing the Kyoto Protocol.

The August 10-14 Bonn conference is supposed to be an informal meeting of ‘world climate negotiators’. Their brief is to edit many pages of proposals that have been submitted for consideration at Copenhagen.

Michael Zammit Cutajar, who chairs a working group of the UNFCC, told Reuters that the current document is ‘horribly complicated.’

Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UNFCC, was a litte more positive:

We are at an exciting point in the negotiations which can lead us to the turning point in the fight against climate change at Copenhagen.

At the UNFCCC Bonn session in June, the negotiating text was enriched and expanded. At this meeting, governments have a significant opportunity to make further concrete and substantive progress on the text, narrowing down options and simplifying and shortening the negotiating text.

A live webcast will be streamed this Wednesday (12 August, approx. 3 p.m. CEST) from Bonn.