Daily Report from Bonn III: Friday, 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.

The AWG-KP 13 closing plenary was efficient and harmonious. Interventions were made by civil society, notably by the YOUNGOs, who professed love for the Kyoto Protocol and ask that further commitments be made in a proposed “marriage” so that “the ceremony may be held in Cancun.” Her humor reflected the shared sense among countries that good progress had been made at this session, especially the adoption of a draft negotiating text with no objections. Grenada, on behalf of AOSIS, noted that the “numbers” workshop had been extremely helpful, and had brought convergence to many scientific perspectives that had reached similar conclusions on emission reductions and analysis of current pledges. However, still much work remains to be done. Belize, on behalf of SICA, reminded us of the special mandate for this group, and alerted us to do the possibility of a gap between CP 1 and CP 2 if adequate progress is not made in the five-day session left before COP 16. The EU also reiterated its preference for a single agreement is adopted under both working groups so that major emitters not Party to the Kyoto Protocol will take on their fair share of responsibility. However, he stressed that they are flexible and supportive of a CP 2 of the KP, and look forward to an increased level of ambition to match the findings of science.

After a week spent in drafting groups, the AWG-LCA closing plenary was not nearly as optimistic. Bangladesh noted that this week’s session had reopened previously resolved issues. The EU stated that a balance was not being struck between the AWG-KP and AWG-LCA, which does not bode well for negotiations in Cancun. Multiple countries expressed frustration that the text had ballooned in size to include multiple proposals and counter-proposals. On the other hand, Bolivia was pleased that the new draft included much of the language from Cochabamba.

Your reporter in Bonn,
Jessica Chen, Program Coordinator