UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Additional Meeting Time in April

23 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has decided that the next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under the Convention will take place from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that the April meeting “constitutes a quick return to the negotiations.” He stressed that the decision to intensify the negotiating schedule “underlines the commitment by governments to move the negotiations forward towards success in Cancun.”

De Boer added that this commitment was further strengthened by the fact that over 100 countries have submitted communications to the Secretariat since Copenhagen. The Secretariat reported that: 40 developed country parties have submitted information on their 2020 emission cut targets, with various base years; 30 developing country parties have communicated information on their mitigation plans; and 39 parties have provided additional information regarding the Copenhagen Accord. [UNFCCC Press Release]