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Will Bonn be as banal as Bangkok?

Mid-year climate negotiations kick-off in UNFCCC headquarters but there is too much on the plate to resolve

By Uthra

Climate change negotiators from all over the world will convene at Bonn over the next fortnight to resolve key deadlocks that led to the stalemate at Bangkok earlier this year after the initial euphoria over Cancun Agreements died down.

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Mid-year climate negotiations kick-off in UNFCCC headquarters but there is too much on the plate to resolve

Workshop on a Framework for Various Approaches

On May 19, a workshop organised by the UNFCCC under the AWG-LCA track was held at Bonn. The workshop was mandated by the UNFCCC at Durban last year in order to better understand the multiple approaches countries took towards achieving their mitigation targets. The purpose of this was to explore the concept of a framework through which these approaches could be recognized by the UNFCCC and counted towards national pledges.

Back to Square One: Climate talks remain deadlocked at Bangkok

Cancun euphoria fails to yield, power struggle stalls progress, US snub UNFCCC and its efforts to work out a legally binding emissions treaty

Delhi, April 8: US has staged a major U-Turn in the UNFCCC climate change meeting currently underway at Bangkok, leading to a virtual stalemate in the negations which even the euphoria and collective frenzy over Cancun Agreements last year could not resurrect.

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Cancun euphoria fails to yield, power struggle stalls progress, US snub UNFCCC and its efforts to work out a legally binding emissions treaty

Bangkok starts on a despondent note

“Gap” in mitigation targets and period leaves UN hapless

Delhi: The Climate talks in Bangkok have started on a rather despondent note with the UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres reflecting serious despair in her statements about the future of GHG emission mitigation across the globe. Not only did she accept a possible gap between Kyoto Protocol and any future mitigation mechanism (either an extension of Kyoto or a new mechanism), she sounded weary about the voluntary mitigation targets that countries had put forth at the Cancun climate talks last year December.

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“Gap” in mitigation targets and period leaves UN hapless

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Study release and panel discussion on 'Climate change impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptation in Indian Sundarbans

Sundarbans, straddling both Bangladesh and India, is a fragile ecosystem, and one which is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Despite the wealth of information available on the region, there is little understanding of how various impacts will hit and are hitting lives and livelihoods. In the Indian part of the Sundarbans, what compounds these impacts is the severe ‘development deficit’ that the region is saddled with.

CSE at CoP-16, Cancun

Cancun draft pleases all, except a belligerent Bolivia! The deal circumvents all the contentious issues, erases historical debts, avoids legally binding global emission targets for wealthy nations, leaves the thorn of IPR in technology transfer mechanism for Durban CoP17 among others.

As CSE had warned, Cancun turned out to be compromises of epic proportions for the poorer countries, without any substantive returns from the developed nations. Lest Development and Millenium Development Goals be forgotten.

Politics, surely, has triumphed over science.

 

Cancun
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Cancun draft pleases all, except a belligerent Bolivia! The deal circumvents all the contentious issues, erases historical debts, avoids legally binding global emission targets for wealthy nations, leaves the thorn of IPR in technology transfer mechanism for Durban CoP17 among others.

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