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Mattias Söderberg's Blog – May 2012 Archive (4)

The Durban hangover

When parties left Durban five months ago they could return home with an agreement. COP17 was presented as a diplomatic success and a breakthrough in global climate talks. When parties met again in Bonn, two weeks ago, they had to interpret what was really decided in Durban, and that has not been easy.

The past two weeks of negotiations have been difficult, no doubt. There are very different views on how to proceed, and while talks in Bonn centered on increased ambitions, it is very…

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Added by Mattias Söderberg on May 25, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Lack of ambitions hinder progress in climate talks

Trust between parties has reached a historic low  

No agreement about how to proceed

After nearly two weeks of negotiations parties have still not agreed on an agenda for how to take the Durban agreement forward. The dispute, which has led to new fronts in the climate talks, dividing developing countries, is focused on how to approach mitigation actions up to 2020. China, supported by a group of bigger developing countries want…

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Added by Mattias Söderberg on May 24, 2012 at 12:56 — 2 Comments

Will private finance pay the climate bill?

When western governments are talking about climate finance they rapidly tend to focus on the potential of "private finance". Considering the impacts of the financial crisis and the difficulties to mobilize public sources, this is an obvious choice. However, there is no pile of cash lying around with a sign "private finance".

DanChurchAid, the Danish member of the…

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Added by Mattias Söderberg on May 21, 2012 at 13:40 — No Comments

Can we expect a new start of the UN climate talks in Bonn?

On Monday UNFCCC negotiatorsmeet again, this time in Bonn, Germany. This is the first official meetings since COP17 in Durban, December last year, and it might turn out to be a new begining.

International climate talks have not delivered any big results on ambition for years. COP17 ended with a decision to open a new track of negotiations, the so called Durban Platform for enhanced action. The new…

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Added by Mattias Söderberg on May 11, 2012 at 14:22 — No Comments

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