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Bonn III: Summary

13 August 2010

It’s been a week since the third session of the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Talks concluded. As delegates take their vacations and prepare for the next session of negotiations in Tianjin, China, they leave much for civil society to reflect and act upon with only two months before COP 16. This time, the talks took a large step in the right direction in that both working groups, ended the week with draft negotiating texts. Ironically, the feelings of optimism and uncertainty that had foreshadowed the work of the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP respectively flip-flopped in the closing plenaries.

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Daily Report from Bonn III: Friday, 6 August 2010

6 August 2010

As the closing plenaries take place today, I will post a brief summary of the discussions that occur. A fuller report of this session as a whole will be provided next week.

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Daily Report from Bonn III: Wednesday, 4 June 2010

4 August 2010

Since yesterday, the AWG-LCA has been meeting in separate spin-off groups to address four aspects of the new draft negotiating text: shared vision; mitigation; adaptation; and finance, technology, and capacity building. Below, I’ll define the focus of each group, as well as identify some key concerns that lie within them.

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Daily Report from Bonn III: Tuesday, 3 August 2010

3 August 2010

Yesterday morning, the AWG-KP launched an in-session workshop on “numbers,” or “the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate and the contribution of Annex I Parties, individually or jointly to this scale.” To better understand these discussions, it will be important to answer the following background questions:

  • What is the “carbon market”/emissions trading?
  • What is Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)?
  • What are quantified emission reduction obligations (QUELROs) and Assigned Amount Units (AAUs)?
  • How should an aggregate goal for emissions reductions be set for developed countries?

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Daily Report from Bonn III: Monday, 2 August 2010

2 August 2010

I arrived in Bonn last night to observe my second session of the UNFCCC negotiations. This week marks the eleventh and thirteenth meetings of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) and the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP). The Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides an excellent brief history of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol that I won’t repeat here. I will, however, try to answer these basic questions before summarizing today’s proceedings:

  • What are the AWG-KP and AWG-LCA? How are they similar and how are they different?
  • What is the purpose of these meetings in Bonn (April, May/June, August, and October in Tianjin, China)?
  • How do these meetings relate to the UN climate summit each year?

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