TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Feb10/17)
24 February 2010
Third World Network

UN climate talks to resume on 9-11 April in Bonn
Published in SUNS #6870 dated 24 February 2010

Geneva, 23 Feb (Meena Raman) -- The next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is scheduled to take place in April in Bonn, Germany.

In a press release issued by the UNFCCC Secretariat today, the first round of talks this year is to be held from Friday, 9 April through Sunday, 11 April 2010.

According to the press release, the decision was taken on 22 February by the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC at its first meeting of the year at the Secretariat in Bonn.

"The 11-member Bureau, which represents the five regional UN groups, is responsible for advising the President of the Conference of the Parties and for taking decisions with regard to the overall management of the intergovernmental process," said the release.

"In addition to the gathering in April, two major negotiating sessions are currently scheduled for 2010", which comprise of "the 32nd session of the UNFCCC Convention subsidiary bodies from 31 May to 11 June 2010 and the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16)/6th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 6) in Mexico from 29 November to 10 December 2010," the press release further added.

According to sources, the April meeting is expected to focus on procedural issues and the work plan for the rest of the year of the two working groups of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action and that of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Kyoto Protocol. Further meetings of the two working groups are expected to be determined at the April meeting.

"Following the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, this constitutes a quick return to the negotiations, said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.

"The decision to intensify the negotiating schedule underlines the commitment by governments to move the negotiations forward towards success in Cancun," he said. +