Copenhagen Climate Conference

This article about the future course of climate change meetings was published by EurActiv on 12th April.

The first UN climate meeting since Copenhagen agreed to hold extra talks before the high-level conference in Cancún at the end of the year, but hopes for a new climate treaty ran low.

Delegates from 175 countries met in Bonn over the weekend (9-11 April) to draw up a plan for a new legally-binding global climate treaty.

They agreed to beef up the negotiating calendar with two additional meetings. The new gatherings will both last at least a week and will be held during the second half of the year. They also gave the chair of the talks, Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe of Zimbabwe, a mandate to draw up a draft text for the next round of negotiations in Bonn between 31 May and 11 June.

But while the negotiators spent hours agreeing on the relatively simple matter of the number of meetings, they failed to draw up a timetable for achieving a final agreement and the milestones to get there.

The Bonn meeting brought to the surface underlying disagreements between developed and developing countries, which have become evident in the debate surrounding the role of the non-binding Copenhagen Accord agreed at the close of the Copenhagen climate conference in December.

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