Saturday, April 5, 2008

Bonn: UN Bangkok climate change talks reach agreement on work programme for 2008

Bonner Wirtschaftsblog: The UN Bangkok Climate Change Talks ended Friday with agreement on a work programme that structures negotiations on a long-term international climate change agreement, set to be concluded in Copenhagen by the end of 2009.

The Bangkok meeting also sent a clear signal that the use of market-based mechanisms, such as the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, should be continued and improved as a way for developed countries to meet emission reduction targets and contribute towards sustainable development. “The train to Copenhagen has left the station.” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “Not only do we have the certainty that critical issues will be addressed this year, we now have the bite-sized chunks which will allow us to negotiate in an effective manner.”

Talk icon by "I and materia," Wikimedia Commons

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