Poznań Climate Conference Lays Foundation for Copenhagen Deal

L-R: Lech Kacynski, President of Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer walking to the opening plenary. 13 December 2008: The UN Climate Change Conference concluded early in the morning on 13 December 2008, in Poznań, Poland, with a clear commitment from governments to shift into full negotiating mode next year in order to shape an international response to climate change.

Based on their agreement at the 2007 Bali Climate Change Conference,

governments are aiming to reach agreement on new emission reduction

commitments during the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to

the UNFCCC, which is now scheduled to take place in Copenhagen,

Denmark, from 7-18 December 2009.

Progress achieved during the Poznań talks includes the resolution of

the issue of the legal capacity of the Adaptation Fund Board, agreement

on the Poznań Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer, and

advancement in discussions on reducing emissions from deforestation and

forest degradation (REDD) and the Least Developed Countries Fund.

However, no positive outcome was reached on the share of proceeds issue

in the group considering the second review of the Protocol under

Article 9. Referring to the ministerial round table on a shared vision

for long-term cooperative action on climate change held during the

Conference, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that

governments “have sent a strong political signal that despite the

financial and economic crisis, significant funds can be mobilized for

both mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.” [UNFCCC Press Release] [IISDRS Coverage]