A second round of Climate Change talks took place in Bonn, Germany, 1-12 June, 2009. These talks are a part of a series of six major UN negotiating sessions taking place this year, which culminate in the much anticipated international climate change deal in Copenhagen in December. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change expressed that one of the significant achievements from the meeting was that governments had made clearer what they want to see in the Copenhagen agreed outcome.
The international Climate Change Agreement to be reached in Copenhagen is to follow on the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012. The principal objective of the Kyoto Protocol is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.
Participants at the Bonn talks included delegates from 182 countries, representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations, research institutions and other civil society organisations. The talks comprised the 6th Session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 6), the 8th Session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the 30th sessions of the UNFCCC Convention subsidiary bodies SBSTA and SBI. The talks in Bonn for the first time considered the negotiating texts which are to serve as the basis for the Copenhagen meeting. These texts cover issues of a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, enhanced action on adaptation, mitigation and finance, technology and capacity-building.
Among other topics discussed in Bonn were ways to improve emissions trading and coverage of emissions credits.
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