UNFCCC climate conference opened on Wednesday (June, 04) in Bonn, Germany, with a packed agenda. The two-week session will run until June, 15 and includes two high-level ministerial meeting on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and on national commitments for the 2015 agreements, plus the fifth meeting of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) appointed to continue designing the 2015 agreement and ways to raise climate action before 2020.
Among other things, the ADP is expected to begin developing a draft text of the 2015 agreement. Furthermore, the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) are set in the same occasion.
The full agenda of events taking place during the two-week session is available on UNFCCC dedicated webpage
The second round of 2014’s climate change negotiations follows the March session of the ADP. It kicked off amid some criticism due to many government ministers deserting the conference, but in an overall positive tone due to recent signs world’s governments addressing climate change more factually. According to Reuters, the United States won praise for its plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants disclosed earlier in the week. Representatives of least-developed countries attending the Bonn conference called it “a really constructive first step”. “Every little step has to be welcomed … but this is not enough to get on a 2C pathway” Bill Hare of Climate Analytics told a news conference of the report issued with Ecofys and the Pik Potsdam Institute, according to which all nations need to do more to limit temperature increase below 2°, and Obama’s Clean Power Plan “is slower than the US’s recent rate of decarbonization over the last decade”.
Rumors about China planning to impose an absolute cap on GHG emissions sparked on Tuesday (June, 03) arousing excitement for a supposed turning point at the forthcoming climate talks. The chairman of China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, He Jiankun, was credited of having said during a conference in Beijing that China planned to set a total cap on emissions with its next five-year plan coming into force in 2016. During the day the news was fact-checked and downsized. Routers published a correction clarifying the government adviser expressed his personal view.
Talks in Bonn received also support from the parallel G7 summit in Brussels, ended on Thursday (June 0,5). Leaders of the seven major economies affirmed in a statement their “strong determination” to adopt a new global deal in 2015 that is “ambitious, inclusive and reflects changing global circumstances”.