While several meetings related to climate change policy stand out as key events in the last fortnight, the possibilities offered by the World Bank’s decision to make over 2000 indicators from developing countries available through its Open Data Initiative could make 22 April 2010 an Earth Day to remember.
The World Bank Open Data Initiative offers new possibilities for researchers worldwide to monitor and measure progress and develop a better understanding of the causes of poverty. With the dates now set for both the UN General Assembly’s discussion on accelerating progress to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 (20-22 September 2010) and the two-day high-level review to assess progress made in addressing the vulnerabilities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (24-25 September 2010), related research will be in demand and the data will prove useful as the international community searches for a common approach to address critical challenges related to achieving these agreed objectives.
Meanwhile, negotiators gathered for the first 2010 climate change meeting under UNFCCC auspices, in Bonn, Germany, from 9-11 April 2010
. This meeting was largely procedural in nature, as delegates developed a work plan for the coming year. A week after this meeting concluded, the US convened the sixth meeting at the Leaders’ representative level of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate
. This meeting took place in Washington, DC, US, from 18-19 April 2010, with representatives from 17 major economies, the UN and Denmark, as well as Colombia, Grenada and Yemen. And most recently, Bolivia hosted the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010. Participants at that meeting developed recommendations for a number of actions developed countries should undertake, including a commitment to quantified emission reductions that will limit the global temperature increase to a maximum of 1°C. These meetings will contribute to the tone and level of ambition for a very busy second half of 2010 for climate change negotiators.