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Daily Report from Bonn: Thursday, 10 June 2010

11 June 2010

Yesterday, the SBSTA closed with a terribly disappointing lack of conclusion in regards to the technical paper requested by AOSIS analyzing the options for limiting global average temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees C and 2 degrees C. These, might I remind you, are the minimums to enable the survival of entire nations. Several parties lamented that agreement could not be reached, and urged others to keep this in consideration for the next session.

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Daily Report from Bonn: Wednesday, 9 June 2010

10 June 2010

As the closing plenaries for the bodies and groups commence, I will do my best to keep everyone updated on the significant discussions that occur. Today, I will cover the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), and tomorrow I will summarize closing developments in the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP.

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Daily Report from Bonn: Tuesday, 8 June 2010

9 June 2010

Yesterday, attendees of the UN Climate Change Talks heading to lunch were greeted by a disarmingly charming sign: “Welcome to the LULUCF Loophole!” Below it, young advocates lined the walk, offering colored plastic balls labeled “CO2” to each passerby. “Let us do a magic trick for you,” one of them shouted, “Just throw the emission into the loophole, and we’ll make it disappear! Want to see this on a larger scale? Ask one of the Annex I parties to do it for you!” Though somewhat cheeky, the YOUNGOs (Youth non-governmental organizations) had a critical point – Under a weak climate agreement or text, emissions loopholes will increase potential for developed countries to escape deep reduction in key industrial sectors at home, while also degrading the potential for timely peak and decline necessary for avoiding dangerous climate change.

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Daily Report from Bonn: Monday, 7 June 2010

8 June 2010

Climate negotiations in BonnGreetings from Bonn!

For the past week, the Hotel Maritim has been bustling with activity, from climate justice activists protesting on the outside, to delegates, NGO members, and other representatives collaborating on the inside. The meeting includes the 32nd sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC (AWG-LCA 10) and the twelfth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 12). Each group has its own focus based on new documentation prepared by their respective chairs for facilitation. The AWG-LCA has been preparing an outcome document to be presented to the sixteenth Conference of Parties (COP 16) at the November meeting in Cancún. The looming question for many of us is whether an addendum to the Kyoto Protocol or an entirely new treaty will emerge from their discussions. The AWG-KP has been working toward agreement on the “numbers,” or how emissions might be degraded effectively and equitably across member states to reduce global warming. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation has been considering issues of national communications and reporting, as well as financial mechanisms and capacity building. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) has been examining methodological issues, technological transfer, the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change.

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Reflections on CSD-18

1 June 2010

Five of the members of the UNANIMA International delegation to the United Nations 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable prepared reflections on the themes discussed at this meeting held in New York in May 2010. Download the articles.

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