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Bonn Climate Change Talks
29 March - 8 April 2009
Bonn, Germany


Highlights from Wednesay, 1 April


Throughout Wednesday, the AWG-LCA convened an in-session workshop on subparagraphs 1(b)(i) and 1(b)(ii) of the Bali Action Plan (mitigation by developed and developing countries respectively). The AWG-KP held contact groups on potential consequences and on legal matters.

Photo: AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar and Kirsty Schneeberger, Sustainable Markets Foundation, after an inspiring intervention by youth.

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AWG-LCA workshop on mitigation by developed and developing countries
Mitigation by developed countries
 
Left to right: Bolivia identified the need for compensation for climate impacts in developing countries and penalties for non-compliance. Andre Carvalho, Brazil, for the G-77/China, stressed that Annex I parties should take economy-wide quantified emission reduction commitments that are ambitious, comparable and compatible with a long-term goal. Maas Goote, for the EU, called for a collective reduction of 30% below 1990 for developed countries, and suggested that non-Annex I parties with comparable levels of development consider similar commitments. Highlighting recent science, Selwin Hart, Barbados, for AOSIS, urged stabilization well below 350 ppm to avoid warming of over 1.5ºC, and supported a 1990 base year.
 
 

Jonathan Pershing, US, said several criteria can be considered in assessing “comparability of efforts,” including: per capita emissions; total cost; absolute value; difference from business-as-usual emissions; and multiple baselines. He also emphasized that there are multiple emission pathways to reach 450 ppm.

 
 
Kirsty Schneeberger, Sustainable Markets Foundation (left photo), called for considering youth in the Copenhagen agreement, moral leadership, and targets for emission reductions which do not compromise the future.
 
 
Mitigation by developing countries
 
 

Ambassador Rae-Kwon Chung, Republic of Korea (left photo), identified three types of NAMAs, those that: are voluntary; require external support; or generate carbon credits and could expand the scope of the carbon market beyond offsetting mechanisms. Joanne Yawitch, South Africa (right photo center), discussed specific steps for establishing a NAMA registry, including the registration of developing country actions enabled through their own resources and the verification of national entities.

 
 
During their presentation, India (left photo) stressed that NAMAs are bottom-up voluntary actions, and said that an international registry would provide a way to translate national proposals into NAMAs.
 
Aysar Tayeb, Saudi Arabia, described an integrated support and accreditation mechanism (SAM).
 
 
The Tebtebbe Foundation (left), on behalf of Indigenous Peoples, urged rights-based approaches, especially for REDD.
 
AWG-KP Contact Group: Potential consequences
 
Left to right: Festus Luboyera, UNFCCC Secretariat, Paul Watkinson, France, Mama Konate, Mali, and Stelios Pesmajoglou, UNFCCC Secretariat.
 
AWG-KP Contact Group: Legal matters
 
 
A view of the room during the contact group meeting on legal matters, which was chaired by AWG-KP Chair Harald Dovland, Norway.
 
 
 
 
Fossil of the Day Award
 
 
 
Around the Conference
 
 
 
 

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