La longue ritournelle des discussions officielles et informelles suit son cours. Après Bonn I, Bonn II voilà à présent que Bonn III se termine. Les négociations de Bonn III n’étaient pas « officielles » mais informelles, elles avaient pour objectif de réduire le document de négociations pour que les négociateurs puissent enfin se focaliser et discuter sur des points importants, fondamentaux et moins sur des points techniques. En termes plus imagés, il fallait diviser par quatre le document de négociations issu de Bonn II, passer de 200 et 50 pages maximum. (more…)
Fossil of the Day
August 19, 2009
June 8, 2009
Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
today we are going to present you the winners of the fossil of the day for Friday and Monday!
we have to say that if on Friday we had many countries trying to do their best to be the worst, today everything was quite smooth.
June 6, 2009
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Now I’m generally a pretty optimistic person, my glass is always half full (unless as Cara pointed out it’s a pint of beer!), but one thing I’ve learnt this week is that the UNFCCC does not inspire optimism!
We know that we need drastic action on climate change, I don’t think anyone here is in any doubt. The activists and the negotiators, we all know our world is in critical danger and that we HAVE to get a deal out of these negotiations. Peoples’ mere survival depends on our ability to agree to a deal that will keep runaway climate change under control.
But we’re just not getting there!
These negotiations are painfully slow. Countries are stalling, arguing and even bringing up completely irrelevant issues such as the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands/Malvinas. For that UK and Argintina, I was forced to accept Fossil of the Day on our behalf on Thursday.
This is not the time or place for solving sovereignty disputes, this is the time to solve the question of whether I have a future on this planet or not!
June 5, 2009
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June 3, 2009
June 1, 2009
Have you ever thought about how it actually might look at a conference with almost 200 countries on such a sensitive matter as climate change?
Lucky me, I was already a bit prepared in the field. The problem is that at conferences like these, you’ll always find hundred of acronyms. U.N.F.C.C.C., A.W.G.-K.P., A.W.G.-L.C.A., A.O.S.I.S., L.D.C., R.E.D.D., etc… yesterday night I was even wondering: but if I’m getting thirsty during the conference should I ask for a glass of W.A.T.E.R.?
Anyway, the Bonn conference has just started, and it’s a very important meeting on the road to Copenhagen, especially considering that there are only six months left.
It is actually a kind of strange feeling to walk in a U.N. conference for the first time of your life, it is like your first day at school. We get in, take our badges, wear our shirts; there is a very important message on them, and the speaker for Indonesia just repeats it live while I’m writing this blog: the clock is tick tick ticking! We must not waste our time!
So we walk inside the Maritim, the hotel that hosts the conference, and soon we face a banner that comes out from the second floor: “survival is not negotiable!”.