Bonn Climate Change Talks Conclude as Attention Turns to Accra


13 June

2008: Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,

Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto

Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which was launched in Bali,

started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad

Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the

Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) began the process of listing issues for further

negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms and

on carbon sinks.  

The Subsidiary Body for Implementation advanced preparations

for a second review of the Kyoto Protocol under Article 9 in December 2009, and

the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice made some progress

on methodologies for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in

developing countries (REDD). Collectively, these meetings resulted in the adoption

of 30 conclusions and four draft decisions that will be taken up at subsequent


Since 13

June, the Secretariat's focus has moved to the next round of talks, which will

take place from 21-27 August 2008, in Accra, Ghana. The Accra meetings will

include the third session of the AWG-LCA and the sixth session of the AWG-KP.

On 23 June, the Secretariat published a notification for parties and observer

states with details about the Accra talks and annexes containing provisional agendas

and guidelines for visas. The AWG-KP will consider conclusions on such key

issues as the Protocol's flexible mechanisms and land use, land-use change and

forestry, while the AWG-LCA is expected to discuss sectoral issues and REDD.


In other

UNFCCC news, the fifth meeting of the Enforcement Branch of the Kyoto

Protocol's Compliance Committee took place in Bonn on 14-15 June. The meeting

considered a question of non-compliance relating to Canada, and decided that it

would not pursue this matter further. [IISD RS coverage of the Bonn climate

change conference] [UNFCCC

website for Bonn climate change conference] [Notification

regarding Accra meetings] [UNFCCC

Enforcement Branch website]

Photo:AWG-LCA Chair Luiz Machado, Brazil, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer during the UNFCCC press conference. Source: IISD