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Agenda to discuss on agenda at Bonn Climate Talk !

Posted by manjeetdhakal on June 16, 2011


Blogging from Bonn Climate Talk

Cancun set an excellent example how the outstanding leadership of a host country could effectively shape the discourse. With the Cancun Agreement as an output on the table, many issues need further discussion and more political willingness. As a follow-up for next year, discussion started from Bangkok on last April. Agenda became main agenda for Bangkok Climate Talk. The week long discussing went around only discussing agendas of Ad-hoc Working Groups and finally succeeded. Now we are at Bonn, Germany climate capital, where world meets every year to talk about climate.

I feel really embarrass and discomfort to open up this story of Bonn Meeting. We discussed on agenda for Subsidiary Bodies (SBs) on first week and are now discussing on where the next meeting should be held. Now let’s go one my one: first on the agenda and on the next meeting issues. This would be best agenda to discuss.

One of the reasons to open-up the discussion on the agenda was because of some new proposals from some countries such as water resources, blue carbon, agriculture, and the rights of nature and ecosystems. Finally, parties agreed to work on the understanding that consultations would continue.

Papua New Guinea attempt to push Blue Carbon in an agenda by introducing it as an effective solution to reduce atmospheric CO2 by conserving water plants which dubbed carbon sequestration more effectively (up to 100 times faster) and more permanently than terrestrial forests. Likewise, Bolivia called for a space to discuss the impacts of climate change on ecosystems as rights of nature and the integrity of ecosystems. Forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures was continuity of Saudi Arabian proposal on economic and social consequences of response measures.

While as the time is running out, the venue for the next intersessional meeting has to be conformed soon. The UNFCCC Executive Secretary had informed that if no commitments to fund the meeting by Friday, it would be impossible to organize the additional meeting. Rumor around the Maritim sometimes speak about possible venue such as Panama, sometime Nairobi, Buenos Aires and some Asian cities China and so on. And it also seems that countries have somehow agreed that, on the next meeting they will not entertain opening and closing plenary, Thanks God! there will be no agenda to discuss on agenda.

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