INFORMAL CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING CONCLUDES IN BONN WITH CALLS FOR FASTER PROGRESS
The Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) held intersessional informal consultations in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 August 2009 (also referred to as Bonn III).
The AWG-LCA focused on how to proceed with the 200-page revised negotiating text (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/INF.1), which reflects deliberations held at the sixth session of the AWG-LCA in June 2009. The negotiating text covers the key elements of the Bali Action Plan (decision 1/CP.13), namely a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, mitigation, adaptation and finance, as well as technology and capacity building. After a week of consultations by five main informal groups and several sub-groups on mitigation, the AWG-LCA began to produce reading guides, tables, matrices and non-papers aimed at consolidating text and facilitating negotiations at the next meeting. The various tools will be compiled in a new information document that the Chair intends to make available before AWG-LCA 9. The revised negotiating text will remain largely as it was at the beginning of the Bonn III consultations. Under the AWG-KP, discussions continued on Annex I parties' emission reductions beyond the first commitment period ending in 2012. In addition, parties resumed consideration of texts related to potential consequences and other issues in the AWG-KP's work programme (FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8), including land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and the flexibility mechanisms. The AWG-KP's work at the informal session will be taken into account in documents that the AWG-KP Chair will prepare for Bangkok. Technical exercises related to Annex I parties' emission reductions were viewed as one of the most useful results of the session, although several participants stressed the need to make faster progress.
Links to further information
UNFCCC press release, 14 August 2009