Next week (August 10-14) government representatives from all around the world will again come together in Bonn, Germany, for the latest round of UN climate change negotiations.
I wont be on the ground at Bonn3, but I'll still track the Australian delegation closely
While I wont be on the ground during the Bonn meetings (trying to minimise air travel!), I’ll be in close contact with various NGO colleagues, Jonathan our Swedish tracker, as well as the Australian government delegation – who are all attending the talks – to bring you the latest news, as it happens.
Do you have a question that you would like to me to address to any of my contacts? If so, I want to hear from you! Please post your question as a comment on this blog.
Everyone who followed the Adopt-A-Negotiator blogs, during the June Bonn meetings, will know that the key task government delegates were set, was to get all of the ideas various countries have about addressing climate change into the one negotiating text. During the two week meeting, the negotiating text swelled from a manageable 50, to a whopping 199 pages, as everyone scrambled to ensure their ideas were included.
So, what’s on the table for the upcoming Bonn negotiations?
According to Michael Zammit Cutajar, chairman of a working group of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), negotiators have been charged with the task to edit an “indigestible” set of proposals into a manageable document for international consideration. Check out Cutajar’s ‘scenario note’ for a detailed look at what he has tasked delegates to do.
Good luck I say, turning 199 pages of “indigestible” text into something that is manageable will be no easy feat.
But, from where I sit, what is more important than the length of the negotiating text is content. (more…)