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Bonn Climate Change Talks - April 2010

9-11 April 2010 | Bonn, Germany

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Friday, 9 April | Saturday, 10 April | Sunday, 11 April
Highlights for Friday, 9 April 2010

UNCCD COP 9On Friday, the first round of climate change negotiations after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference opened at the Hotel Maritim in Bonn, Germany.

In the morning, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA) opened its ninth session, adopting the agenda and organization of work (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/1 and 2). The AWG-LCA then began negotiations on the organization and methods of work in 2010.

In the afternoon, the eleventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments by Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11) held its opening plenary, adopting the agenda and organization of work (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/1 and 2). In their opening statements, many developing countries stressed the importance of the AWG-KP negotiating track and called for agreement on ambitious emission reductions for Annex I countries under the Kyoto Protocol for the post-2012 period. Many developed countries highlighted the need for coordination with the work of the AWG-LCA, with some calling for a focus on the AWG-LCA. Parties agreed to hold consultations at AWG-KP 11 on the election of officers, on ways to advance work on Annex I countries' further commitments and on additional meeting time in 2010.

NGOs in front of the Maritim Hotel in Bonn remind delegates that it is "Time to Pick up the Pieces" after Copenhagen.
Dessima Williams, Grenada, speaking for the Alliance of Small Island States during the AWG-LCA's opening plenary. She urged parties to return to the negotiations with a renewed sense of commitment and urgency.
The Republic of Korea, for the Environmental Integrity Group, encouraged the AWG-LCA Chair to prepare new draft negotiating text before the June session, and called for at least two additional negotiating sessions.
During the AWG-LCA opening plenary, Fernando Tudela, Mexico, expressed support for the Chair’s efforts to start a new stage in these "complex negotiations" and outlined consultations by the Mexican COP Presidency to build confidence in the process.
AWG-LCA Chair Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe) during the AWG-LCA's opening plenary.
L-R:Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary and Haldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, during the AWG-LCA opening plenary. Deputy Executive Secretary Kinley stressed the Secretariat's readiness to arrange additional meetings in 2010.
Yemen, for the G-77/China, called for further commitments by Annex I parties for the Kyoto Protocol's second commitment period.
Spain, for the EU, identified Copenhagen as a step in negotiations for a legally-binding post-2012 agreement under the UNFCCC, recognizing the “crucial and sensible role” of the Kyoto track.
AWG-KP Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) during the opening plenary, highlighting the need to complete the AWG-KP's work by COP/MOP 6 in Cancún, Mexico.
Related Links
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) resources
Official web site
Overview schedule
Provisional agenda and annotations and the scenario note on the ninth session of the AWG-LCA: FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/1 and FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/2
Provisional agenda and annotations and the scenario note on the eleventh session of the AWG-KP: FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/1 and FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/2
AWG-KP documents
AWG-LCA documents
UNFCCC News

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Informal Thematic Debate of the UN General Assembly on Climate Change as a Global Challenge

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