Encouraging Debates Conclude in Accra

Closing press conference 27 August 2008: The third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the first part of the

sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working

Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 21-27

August 2008, in Accra, Ghana.

These meetings are part of ongoing discussions to

enhance international cooperation on climate change, including for the period

after 2012, which are scheduled to conclude in Copenhagen at the UN Climate

Change Conference in December 2009. The event brought together some 1,600

participants, including government delegates from 160 countries and

representatives from environmental organizations, business and industry and

research institutions. Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated on the

last day of the meeting that important progress had been made on key issues

relating to a new international agreement to tackle global warming.

He noted

that the process had “speeded up” and that governments were becoming “very

serious about negotiating a result in Copenhagen.” He highlighted the mandate

given by governments to the AWG-LCA Chair to compile proposals made so far and

to be made in the coming weeks. He said the Accra meeting had set the basis for

“real negotiations to begin in Poznan,” the Polish city where the UN Climate

Conference will be held this December. He also mentioned encouraging debates

on: deforestation and forest conservation; improvement of the Kyoto Protocol's

Clean Development Mechanism; and sectoral approaches. [UN

press release, 27 August 2008] [IISDRS