Bonn Climate Talks Conclude Amid Projections of Record High Atmospheric CO2 Levels Photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons: Adopt a Negotiator The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2)—the latest intersessional of the international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—concluded [...]
Bangkok Climate Talks (Photo credit: Adopt A Negotiator, Creative Commons/Flickr) Last week, the latest round of climate talks concluded in Bangkok, Thailand. The talks were held in preparation for the next UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 18), which will begin November 26, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The Bangkok sessions set out to resolve and [...]
Bonn 2012: So We Have an Agenda, Now What? It seems like the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by parties at the end of the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban was not carried over to the 2012 Bonn intercessional meetings held May14-25. The two weeks of agenda fights and deadlock in Bonn regarding how to move forward [...]
Special Bonn Edition As I write this, I’m sitting in the back of the plenary hall of the Intercessional United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference here at the Maritim Hotel just outside of Bonn, Germany. The meeting I am observing goes by the impressive name: AWG-LCA workshop on clarification of the developed [...]
The COP 17 climate talks in Durban ended on Sunday December 11th, making it the longest COP in the history of the UN climate talks. Delegates worked into the wee hours of Sunday to broker a deal that renewed the Kyoto Protocol and set into motion a Durban Roadmap. The Durban Roadmap for the first time in the history of the UNFCCC sets up a process to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced legal instrument to avert climate change; the legal instrument which would come into force by 2020.
Last Wednesday, leaders of sixteen major nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Clinton expressing concerns that U.S. negotiators are blocking progress at the COP17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Signers of the letter included: Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace USA, National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Rights Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam America, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Population Action International, Population Connection, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund.
Report Released and Impacts Leading Up to Durban November 21, 2011 One week from now, more than 190 nations will gather in Durban, South Africa for this year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 17th Conference of Parties (COP) in Durban, South Africa. The conference is expected to be a critical juncture for [...]
October 24, 2011 Global Business Leaders Push for More Action on Climate Change In a statement released early last week, a group of the world’s largest investors, representing over $20 trillion in assets worldwide stressed the urgent need for policies that would stimulate private sector investment, create jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of the [...]
October 3, 2011 Panama Climate Talks Begin On Saturday October 1st, the third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) intersessional began in Panama City, Panama and will continue until the end of this week. These climate talks are the last official negotiating session of the year designed to prepare for the upcoming Conference [...]
The Dangers of Delay In Bonn, Germany last week diplomats and climate advocates gathered to build on the international framework for climate cooperation. As the UNFCCC nears its 20th birthday, this annual session was marked by difficulties sorting out the wording and scope of the agenda of its ‘implementing’ bodies. Despite near universal acclaim for [...]