Background Briefing - Bonn Climate Talks

Publication - 30 May, 2008
The next round of international climate negotiations will take place in Bonn, Germany from June 2 – 13, 2008. This will be the second such meeting since the launch of the Bali Action Plan (BAP) in Indonesia in December 2007. The plan, agreed by all 192 signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits governments to two years of talks, culminating in an agreement by the end of 2009 on the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol. The first negotiations in 2008 took place in Bangkok in April.

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Executive summary: Much of the discussion in Bonn will be either of a highly technical nature or in a ‘workshop’ format, designed to increase countries’ understanding of various issues and methodologies. There will be few if any key decisions taken during the two weeks but the potential still remains to increase co-operation or deepen divisions.There is a huge credibility gap between the international action required to combat climate change and the rate and calibre of progress at the climate negotiations to date. Although there will be few substantive outcomes from the Bonn meeting it must signal that there is political will to close that gap if the world is to have faith that governments are serious about solving the problem.

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