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

Climate Change Talks Open in Bonn

The seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) opened today at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. The meeting is the first in a series of planned negotiating sessions before the important 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Photo: US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern intervening in the AWG-LCA (right) while Jonathan Pershing, US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, looks on (left). In his much anticipated intervention, Stern recognized the unique position of the US as the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases and as a country with important capabilities, but underscored that the US alone cannot provide the solution to the climate change problem. Calling for significant action by major economies, he highlighted measures by the US and China in their economic stimulus packages to promote clean energy. He underscored President Obama’s plans for a federal cap-and-trade system that will set the US pathway to cutting emissions by 15% from current levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050, and highlighted technological leap-frogging by developing countries.  

Web archives: 29 March - 30 March - 31 March - 1 April - 2 April - 3 April - 4 April

6 April - 7 April - 8 April

 
Opening Ceremony
 
 
Matthias Machnig, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, highlighted the need to switch to a full negotiating mode in Bonn and stressed that the agreement in Copenhagen should be constructed not only by the art of the possible but by what is necessary.
 
 
Matthias Machnig, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, flanked with Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Secretariat, Harald Dovland (Norway), AWG-KP Chair, Horacio Peluffo, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Michael Zammit Cutajar (Malta), AWG-LCA Chair (left photo). UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer (right photo) noted that only eight months, constituting six weeks of real negotiating time, remain before COP 15, and highlighted the documents prepared for this session to focus discussions in both AWGs.
 
AWG-LCA
 
 
A view of the dais during the AWG-LCA .
 
 
A view of the plenary during the US intervention (left photo). The Republic of Korea (right photo), for the Environmental Integrity Group, supported Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and the creation of a NAMA registry. She also underscored the need to further exchange information between the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP, and for both tracks to complement each other's work.
 
 
 
US Climate Envoy Todd Stern is greeted by Richard Muyungi, Tanzania (left photo), and delegates during the US intervention (right photo).
 
AWG-KP
 
 
Ambassador Ibrahim Mirghani Ibrahim, Sudan, who is speaking for the G-77/China, being interviewed by the press (left photo); Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Secretariat, AWG-KP Chair Harald Dovland, and Claudio Forner, UNFCCC Secretariat (right photo).
 
Scouts deliver world's 'Earth Hour vote' to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer
 
 
WWF and a group of German Scouts delivered the votes for climate action by hundreds of millions of people to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and delegates attending the conference.
 
Greenpeace Action
 
 
 
Press Conferences
 
 
Left to right: AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, and AWG-KP Harald Dovland
 
 
Left to right: AWG-KP Harald Dovland, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, and AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar.
 
 
US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern addresses a press conference (center) with State Department spokeswoman Susan Povenmire (left) and Jonathan Pershing, Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change (right).
 
 
 
Jonathan Pershing (left).
 
 
 
Climate Action Network Press Conference
 
 
EU Press Conference
 
Around the Conference
 
 
Young participants during the opening ceremony.
 
 

 

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