Sunday, December 09, 2007

Welcome to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali

Welcome to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali  
COP 13

The Conference, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, is taking place at the Bali International Convention Centre and brings together representatives of over 180 countries together with observers from intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the media. The two week period includes the sessions of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, its subsidiary bodies as well as the Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol. A ministerial segment in the second week will conclude the Conference.

What is needed is a breakthrough in the form of a roadmap for a future international agreement on enhanced global action to fight climate change in the period after 2012, the year the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. The main goal of the Bali Conference is threefold: to launch negotiations on a climate change deal for the post-2012 period, to set the agenda for these negotiations and to reach agreement on when these negotiations will have to be concluded.

8 December
Participants swap views at the conference venue
Media covering the conference on-site 
Summary of daily press briefing
Yvo de Boer - COP 13, Bali, 8 December 2007
Optimism at halfway stage in negotiations
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As negotiations on a future climate deal reached the halfway stage in Bali, there was optimism that progress was being made on the main building blocks which will shape the agreement.

After what he described as a busy week of talks, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, spoke of a "strong willingness" by Parties for an outcome at the conference, which has attracted more than 10.000 participants, including delegates, NGO's, international organizations and the media.

Mr. de Boer explained that the two-week conference needs to deliver on ongoing issues of particular importance to developing countries. This means moving forward on adapation, transfer of technology and deforestation, as well as strengthening capacity-building. What the conference also needs to do is launch a process on action beyond 2012, when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends. Mr. de Boer reiterated that no final deal on a future climate regime will be concluded at Bali, and that the goal is to launch negotiations, set an agenda on the main building blocks of a future agreeement and set an end date for conclusion of the negotiations.

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7 December
IPCC Briefing on the Fourth Assessment Report, with emphasis on its synthesis report Presentations
Participants receives the awaited 2008 Rio Conventions Calendar at the Convention Centre.
Participants receive the awaited 2008 Rio Conventions Calendar at the Convention Centre.
ZOOM– Kids on the move 2007
Children from Sunrise School, Kerobokan, Bali handing over "Green Footprints" to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer on behalf of more than 128,000 children from around the world.
Summary of daily press briefing
Yvo de Boer - COP 13, Bali, 7 December 2007
Financing the response to climate change
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As formal talks continued at the climate negotiations in Bali, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, said that the process on shaping a roadmap for a post-2012 climate agreement was continuing to go well.

The contact group on the future had "substantive discussions on objectives and principles that should guide the negotiating process beyond Bali," he said, while useful discussions had also taken place on mitigation - one of the main building blocks of a future agreement. He added that the need to give developing countries emission reduction incentives had come up very strongly, as well as recognition of what they are doing now.

The focus of today's press briefing was on financing the response to climate change. Mr. de Boer stated that economic and financial instruments form an important part of the solution to climate change, and described the financial component of the debate as "the key to success as we move into the future."

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6 December
UNFCCC's Climate Change Kiosk at BICC
UNFCCC's Climate Change Kiosk at the BICC
Balinese batik sarungs in the Convention Centre
Balinese batik sarungs displayed in the Convention Centre
Summary of daily press briefing
Yvo de Boer - COP 13, Bali, 6 December 2007
State of play and Kyoto mechanisms
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As the first meetings of the contact groups got under way today, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, spoke of "a good mood in the air " and said the meetings were "going well."

The work of the special group on the future, which began yesterday and continued today, is generating "a huge amount of interest, " he said. Brazil (on behalf of the G77), China, the United States, Japan and the European Union have all come forward with suggestions on what the Bali roadmap should look like and what needs to be included in a long-term climate change policy. He described the fact that many countries have come prepared with their own proposals on how the process should move forward as "encouraging."

On the recurring subject of emissions targets, Mr. de Boer emphasized that "what is clear to everyone is that industrialized countries must continue to take the lead and must reduce their emissions by 25-40% by 2020. That is the agreed range for industrialized countries."

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