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Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009

2-6 November 2009 | Barcelona, Spain

UNFCCCSUMMARY OF THE MEETING
On Friday afternoon, the closing plenary of the AWG-KP convened. No conclusions were adopted, but the work done at the second part of AWG-KP 9 is reflected in non-papers that will be used as the basis for revised documentation for AWG-KP 10 in Copenhagen. In closing, Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) emphasized that “very little” time remains before Copenhagen and that progress in Barcelona was “less than desirable.” He urged parties to use all possible time before Copenhagen to consider the outstanding issues, most importantly, the level of ambition of Annex I parties' emission reductions. He expressed confidence that a successful outcome can be achieved, called for focused discussions in Copenhagen and closed the meeting at 5:20 pm.

On Friday evening, AWG-LCA 7 convened its closing plenary. Chair Zammit Cutajar explained that the results of the work by the six contact groups and six mitigation sub-groups in Barcelona will be taken forward to Copenhagen in the form of several non-papers, annexed to the meeting's report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/L.4). He underlined his “firm conviction” that a strong outcome in Copenhagen can be achieved that is “balanced, fair, ambitious and effective,” stressing  that “the opportunity remains within grasp.” The AWG-LCA adjourned at 9:05 pm.

A view of the room during the closing AWG-LCA plenary

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Friday, 6 November
A view of the dais during the closing AWG-KP plenary
NGOs outside the plenary hall reminding delegates that the clock is ticking towards Copenhagen
AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar and AWG-LCA Vice-Chair Luis Machado
The press room
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer during a press briefing
                               
Thursday, 5 November
 

Throughout Thursday, informal consultations took place under the AWG-LCA on issues including a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology and capacity building. Under the AWG-KP, contact groups and informal consultations convened on Annex I emission reductions, other issues and potential consequences.

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Most of Thursday's meetings took place in informal groups behind closed doors
Olga Pilifosova, UNFCCC Secretariat, Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, and AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar, during the informal consultations on mitigation
Annex I emission reductions: Katia Simeonova, UNFCCC Secretariat, Leon Charles, Grenada, Gertraud Wollansky, Austria, and Maria Socorro Manguiat, UNFCCC Secretariat
Wednesday, 4 November
 

Throughout the day, informal consultations took place under the AWG-LCA on issues including a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, adaptation, mitigation, finance and technology. Under the AWG-KP, contact groups and informal consultations convened on Annex I emission reductions, other issues and potential consequences.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer accepts an alarm clock, symbolizing the fact that time is running out for world leaders to strike a fair, ambitious and binding deal in Copenhagen.
Tuesday, 3 November
 

Throughout the day, contact groups and informal consultations took place under the AWG-LCA on issues including a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, capacity building, mitigation and technology. In the evening, the AWG-KP plenary convened for a short meeting.

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Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, AWG-KP Chair John Ashe, Claudio Forner, Secretariat, and Harald Dovland, AWG-KP Vice-Chair, during the evening AWG-KP plenary session
Greenpeace solar chill-out: Drink solar coffee, listen to music and charge batteries for laptops and mobiles with 100% renewable energy.
Artur Runge-Metzger, EU, and AWG-KP Chair John Ashe
 
 
African Group press conference: Pa Ousman Jarju, Gambia, Grace Adhiambo Akumu, Kenya, Kamel Djemouai, Algeria, and Bruno Sekoli, Lesotho
Monday, 2 November
 

The Barcelona Climate Change Talks opened on Monday morning with a welcoming ceremony. In the morning, the opening plenaries of the AWG-KP and the AWG-LCA took place. In the afternoon, contact groups convened to consider adaptation, mitigation, finance and technology under the AWG-LCA and Annex I emission reductions and potential consequences under the AWG-KP.

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Elena Espinosa, Spanish Environment Minister, José Montilla Aguilera, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Maria Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Vice-President of Spain
 
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer
Connie Hedegaard, Minister of Climate and Energy, Denmark
                       
WWF performance entitled "Planet Earth: victim of climate change", a creative and original theater play about the effects of climate change on our planet.
Jonathan Pershing, US, during a press conference
                       
An OXFAM action outside the conference center
 
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