The first climate change negotiation for 2010 finds negotiators gathering today in Bonn, Germany, for their first meeting since the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009.
While this High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, on 31 March 2010, has initiated that Group’s efforts to study the potential sources of revenue for financing mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries, with an interim report expected by the June Bonn meeting and a final report expected by the 29 November opening of the Cancun Climate Change Conference. Advisors at the highest level will convene soon for the first meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate from 18-19 April 2010, in Washington, DC, US. And the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivia pledged to convene soon after the Copenhagen meeting ended, will provide a forum, from 19-22 April 2010, during which various stakeholders are expected to develop alternative options for addressing issues related to global climate change.
In other sustainable development news, on the heels of the 11th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Consultation, which took place from 29-31 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, recommended that it should pay attention to internationally agreed goals and targets. Both the biodiversity synergies and GEO-5 efforts could benefit from another related event: the Open-ended meeting of government-designated experts on a compilation of internationally agreed environmental goals and objectives, which also met from 29-31 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.
We will keep an eye on all of these procedural and substantive developments as the year, and the international policies, take shape.