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TWN Bonn News Update No 1 (August 2010)

TWN Bonn News Update No.1

2 August 2010

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Added by Hilary Chiew on August 18, 2010 at 8:13 — No Comments

Are the recent extreme weather events linked to climate change?

From: Nick Berning, Friends of the Earth, nberning@foe.org



To: Journalists covering extreme and unusual weather events



Date: August 13, 2010



RE: Extreme weather in summer 2010 and links to climate change



This summer has seen extreme weather and climate events with devastating

impacts across the globe. Prolonged heat in Russia and flooding… Continue

Added by Hilary Chiew on August 17, 2010 at 7:57 — No Comments

"High-level" climate meeting hotly debated - TWN Bonn Update No. 22



"High-level" climate meeting hotly debated

Bonn, 14 June (Lim Li Lin) - Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed to not mandate the holding of a Ministerial meeting before the next climate change conference in Mexico.

This issue was finally resolved at the closing plenary of the 32nd session of the UNFCCC's Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on 9 June after long debate that started in April.

The…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 9:59 — No Comments

Kyoto Protocol talks inch forward, despite some developed countries - TWN Bonn Update No. 21

Kyoto Protocol talks inch forward, despite some developed countries

Bonn, 12 June (Lim Li Lin and Chee Yoke Ling) - Negotiations for the next set of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets beyond 2012 made a little progress after more than four years of feet dragging by developed countries.

The fortnight of talks (1-11 June) saw developing countries pushing to accelerate the process to ensure that developed countries party to the Kyoto Protocol will commit to…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 9:47 — No Comments

Developing countries attack Chair's new text at final session - TWN Bonn Update Np. 20

Developing countries attack Chair’s new text at final session



Bonn, 14 June (Meena Raman and Hilary Chiew) – Developing countries expressed deep dismay and sharp criticisms over a new draft text of a global climate deal presented on the final day (11 June) of the Bonn climate talks by the Chair of the working group following up on the Bali Action Plan of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The text represents a major setback for the developing countries…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 9:19 — No Comments

Developing countries detail nationally appropriate mitigation actions - TWN Bonn Update No. 19

Climate: Developing countries detail nationallly appropriate mitigation actions

Bonn, 10 June (Hilary Chiew and Chee Yoke Ling) – Developing countries reiterated that nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) of developing countries are voluntary in nature unlike internationally legally binding commitments of developed countries and countries with economies in transition. Accordingly, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of NAMAs should not further burden…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 8:46 — No Comments

AWG-LCA discusses unilateral trade measures and forum on impacts of response measures - TWN Bonn Upadte No. 18

AWG-LCA discusses unilateral trade measures and forum on impacts of response measures



Bonn, 10 June (Meena Raman) – The contact group under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term, Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealt with the issue of the impact of mitigation actions by countries which result in economic and social consequences on 9 June.

Developing countries, led by the G77 and China…

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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 15, 2010 at 8:15 — No Comments

World Bank, get out of climate!

For immediate release


Thursday 10 June 2010


Contact: Alex Rafalowicz, +49 1525 991 8665


*‘NO ROLE’ FOR WORLD BANK IN MANAGING CLIMATE FUNDS*


BONN, Germany – Today, in response to demands by rich countries for World
Bank management of climate funds, 287 civil society organisations from over
50 countries released a letter to President Barack Obama calling for…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 11, 2010 at 10:01 — No Comments

Bonn II - A Kyoto Protocol Assessment

Close the mitigation gap - New analysis demonstrates Annex I emission reduction pledges are dangerously
inadequate.


The UNFCCC Secretariat released new analysis yesterday converting Annex I Parties’ emission pledges
into Kyoto Protocol-style mitigation targets known as “quantified emission limitation or reduction objectives”
or QELROs.


The analysis builds on an earlier compilation of mitigation pledges…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 10, 2010 at 14:15 — No Comments

Bonn II - An Assessment - The world is in BIG trouble

UNFCCC negotiations - 8 June 2010


Bonn II - An Assessment


A civil society analysis of the climate negotiations


Current negotiations are dismantling the global climate regime and risk a 4 degree C rise in global temperatures. We need a course correction in Bonn to get the negotiations back on track and aligned with the Bali Roadmap.


Negotiations during the last week…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 10, 2010 at 12:45 — No Comments

A Civil Society Assessment on state of 'foul' play at Bonn

A CIVIL SOCIETY ASSESSMENT:
Negotiations are dismantling the global climate regime and will cause a 4 degree C rise in global temperatures


We are appalled at the state of climate negotiation in Bonn, Germany. Emission reduction targets have been lowered and expectations for the Cancun Climate Conference downgraded.


Negotiations during the last week confirm fears that many developed countries have begun the process of…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 10, 2010 at 10:20 — No Comments

Bolivia reveals new data: Shows mitigation gap in Kyoto pledges



9 June 2010 Contact: Alex
Rafalowicz, +49 1525 991 865


For Immediate Release


*Bolivia Reveals New Data: Shows Mitigation Gap in Kyoto Pledges*


BONN, Germany – Today the climate negotiations considered new data prepared
by the UN on emission targets put forward by developed countries under the
Kyoto Protocol. Bolivia, in the negotiations, prepared a graph…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:40 — No Comments

Contact group discusses funding for forest-related activities - TWN Bonn Update no. 17

Contact group discusses funding for forest-related activities


Bonn, 9 June (Hilary Chiew) - Forest and climate change is a key issue in the
ongoing negotiations on the enhanced implementation of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


The funding of forest-related activities in reducing emissions from deforestation
and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) was…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:26 — No Comments

Divergent views on bodies of the UNFCCC technology mechanism - TWN Bonn Update No. 16

Divergent views on bodies of the UNFCCC technology mechanism


Bonn, June 8 (Hilary Chiew and Meena Raman) - The contact group of the Ad Hoc
Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)
reconvened on Monday, 7 June, to discuss enhanced action on technology development
and transfer and cooperative sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:19 — No Comments

Developing countries press Annex I Parties on their emission reductions pledges - TWN Bonn Update No. 15

Developing countries press Annex 1 Parties on their emission reductions pledges


Bonn, 8 June (Lim Li Lin) - The contact group on the scale of emission reductions to
be achieved by Annex I Parties (the "numbers" group) under the Ad hoc Working Group
on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) met on
Thursday, 4 June and Friday, 5 June.


On Thursday, the contact group…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 20:08 — No Comments

"Spin-off" group proposed on role of markets in mitigation actions - TWN Bonn Update No. 14



"Spin off" group proposed on role of markets in mitigation actions


Bonn, 7 June (Meena Raman) - The contact group under the Ad-hoc Working Group on
Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) met on the afternoon of
5 June to discuss opportunities for using markets in relation to mitigation actions.


While several countries, both developed and developing were positive about the…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 18:59 — No Comments

Significant differences remain in adaptation talks - TWN Bonn Update No. 13

Significant differences remain in adaptation talks




Bonn, 7 June (Chee Yoke Ling and Hilary Chiew) -While there is agreement on the
urgency of adaptation actions, there are still significant differences among Parties
to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


In the adaptation contact group of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative
Action under the Convention…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 16:03 — No Comments

SBI contact group discusses Ministerial meeting and role of observers - TWN Bonn Update No. 12

SBI contact group discusses Ministerial meeting and role of observers


Bonn, 7 June (Lim Li Lin) - A controversial proposal to hold a Ministerial meeting
before the next climate change conference in Mexico was discussed at the Bonn
climate change talks. The role of observer organizations in the UN climate change
negotiations was also debated.


A contact group on arrangements for intergovernmental…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 15:53 — No Comments

Tough second week ahead for UN climate talks - TWN Update No. 11





Tough second week ahead for UN climate talks


Bonn, 7 June (Martin Khor) - The past week saw the resumption of global climate
talks in Bonn, with developed countries trying to evade their responsibilities while
pushing the burden onto developing countries.


At this half way mark, with another week to go, there is some good news. The UN
Framework Convention on Climate…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 15:33 — No Comments

Developing countries mitigation and MRV - call for balance in negotiations - TWN Update No. 10

Developing countries mitigation and MRV - call for balance in negotiations


Bonn, 5 June (Meena Raman and Hilary Chiew)- Developing countries called for a balanced treatment of
negotiations on mitigation actions by developed and developing countries.


G77 and China expressed concern that the discussions on mitigation actions of developed countries were not
focused on what developed countries had to do but was…
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Added by Hilary Chiew on June 9, 2010 at 13:01 — No Comments

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