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Published on October 21st, 2015 | by Sandy Dechert


Same Old, Same Old—UNFCCC Bonn Climate Talks, Day 2

October 21st, 2015 by  

Yesterday, October 20, marked the second day of five comprising the eleventh part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

G77 and China caucus informally between sessions (iisd.ca)

G77 and China caucus informally between sessions (iisd.ca)

That is to say, international negotiators continued their climate talks. These discussions work around a UN-proposed text to direct work on climate change through the critical decade of 2020-2030. As we reported yesterday, the climate talks seem to be having little success so far. Gains have mostly resulted in developments from individual nations, subnational groups, business coalitions, and other non-UN organizations. Typically, the talks end in overtime with compromise finishes.

According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, which reports the proceedings of environmental meetings like these climate talks, an open-ended contact group of parties to the UN climate framework convened yesterday morning to work on a compilation text integrating parties’ insertions from Monday and discuss the way forward. Through its ENB Meeting Coverage, IISD provides daily web coverage, daily reports from the Bonn Climate Change Conference – October 2015.

Procedurally, the UN climate framework agreed Tuesday that closed spin-off groups would continue to work on the same several issues it has traditionally addressed:

Four delegates discuss issues in Bonn, October 2015 (iisd.ca)

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation and loss and damage
  • Finance
  • Technology development and transfer, and capacity building
  • Compliance
  • Transparency
  • Workstream 2 (pre-2020 targets)

The climate contact group agreed to convene daily to assess progress and address issues. These include:

  • The Preamble
  • Definitions
  • General purpose
  • The global stocktake
  • Paragraphs of the draft decision not assigned to spin-off groups


UNFCCC officials leading briefing session (iisd.ca)

UNFCCC officials lead a briefing session (iisd.ca)

In the afternoon and evening, spin-off groups specifically addressed workstream 2; technology development and transfer, and capacity building; mitigation; and finance. Past efforts of this kind have varied greatly, some with achievements and others just parroting enticements similar to earlier drafts.

No bombshell news has been reported by IISD or climate media from yesterday—just “same old, same old,” which promises meager gains from the huge December conclave in Paris. 


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covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news. She's currently on the climate beat for Important Media, having attended last year's COP20 in Lima Peru. Sandy has also worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm. She writes for several weblogs and attributes her modest success to an "indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity."

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