Jai Ram Ramesh has briefly stated what the Indian Stance will revolve around for the Bangkok as well as the Copenhagen negotiations. The thrust will lie with the following three points:

  1. REDD : We want to be given benefits for conserving our forests and reforestation activities. We can successfully mitigate 11% of greenhouse gases with the help of the great carbon sinks we have across the country. Apart from that we plan to step up afforestationa nd reforestation activities. States doing well in this regard will be given added incentives.
  2. CDM: We would like the CDM to continue post 2012 since it has really done well in India. By statistics we have 31% of the CDM projects registered officially from India . Given the success we would like to expand it further in the coming years.
  3. TECH TRANSFER: We expect technology transfer and financial transfers from the annex 1 countries to aid us in shifting to a low carbon economy. Being a developing country we do not have the financial resources to put binding commitments on reduction of GHGs.

All said and done, we want to know what would happen if India and China do not take any binding commitments and the annex 1 do not commit either? What would happen if we are not able to meet the agreement in Copenhagen?
In that case, we will just have to start mitigating faster , we will protect those who are vulnerable and try and switch a low carbon economy as soon as possible. We will definitely have to push up out adaptation programmes and get ready for stronger effects of climate change yet to come.



100 giorni. Mancano solo 100 giorni alla Conferenza delle Parti di Copenhagen sui cambiamenti climatici.

Quando frequentavo l’ultimo anno di liceo i 100 giorni all’esame rappresentavano una data importantissima. Noi studenti eravamo ufficiosamente “autorizzati” a saltare le lezioni; in quel giorno tutti gli studenti del quinto anno delle scuole superiori pescaresi, organizzati in maniera indipendente, salivano sulle macchine e si recavano al santuario di San Gabriele dell’Addolorata per assistere alla messa e per farsi benedire le penne che poi sarebbero state utilizzate durante il temutissimo esame di maturità.

100 giorni. Anche se poi alla fine la mia comitiva si era buttata soprattutto su vino, gassosa e panini con la porchetta, l’importante è quello che rappresentava per tutti noi quella data: i 100 giorni all’esame. Un periodo che può sembrare ancora così lungo ma che in realtà è estremamente breve. Una giornata che ricorda un po’ il campanello dell’ultimo giro, così per ricordare che anche se l’esame è dietro l’angolo si ha ancora tutto il tempo necessario per risalire la china, prendere in mano i libri e passare i test e le interrogazioni della maturità agevolmente.

In 100 giorni si può fare di tutto, non solo preparare un esame di quinto superiore. (more…)

So in the first of the blogs while I take some time off to finish my Masters we hear from Nic, a friendly Aussie cleverly disguised as a Brit. A seasoned UNFCCCer he travelled OVERLAND from oz to get to the last CoP in Poland! And definitely knows his stuff. He’s going to give us all a bit more depth into what we actually saw happen in Bonn a couple of weeks ago and what it all means as we hurtle towards Copenhagen.

G’day. Nic here – filling in while Anna’s off getting an education.

This sloth might be happy at the pace these negotiations are moving at but are we?

This dude might be happy at the pace these negotiations are moving at but are we?

So, as Anna concluded last week, the pace of negotiation at Bonn III was slow.

But just how slow?

Well, “only limited progress was made,” said Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer. A pretty honest account after a week of optimism.

And actually no breakthroughs were expected in Bonn as the 2,400 participants followed two streams, the KP and the LCA. But we did see some things happen.




Conclusa la conferenza di Bonn III si guarda avanti al prossimo grande appuntamento dell’UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Bangkok, Tailandia, dove dal 28 di settembre al 9 di ottobre si terrà la nona sessione del AWG-KP e la settima sessione del AWF-LCA.

La speranza è che cambi qualcosa nei prossimi quattro mesi, che il processo negoziale acceleri e che non si continui a sentire lo stesso ritornello “qui procede tutto con lentezza”, poiché un accordo sul clima a Copenhagen non è affatto qualcosa di scontato.

Ma qual è la situazione attuale delle negoziazioni?

Gli argomenti principali sul quale si tratta sono la mitigazione, la riduzione delle emissioni derivate dalla deforestazione e dal degrado delle foreste (REDD), il trasferimento di tecnologie, l’adattamento e la finanza. (more…)

This is definitely me this week, I wonder how many of the negotiators feel the same?

This is definitely me this week, I wonder how many of the negotiators feel the same?

So Bonn III is over, the end of another set of negotiations and the time has come to look at exactly what has been achieved over the last week. Have we had any progress on getting the unwieldy 192 page negotiating text, down to something we can start to work with? Have we seen ambition on targets and finance? And of course the big question…have I written any of my dissertation?


It would seem the negotiating text and my dissertation are having the same problem as each other.

They both seem to have stalled!

My dissertation has increased by approximately 500 words in the last week. The negotiating text has decreased at about the same rate.

I have two weeks to finish my dissertation They have four months to finish the text.

Perhaps if they had the sense of a deadline in quite the same way that I did they would get moving a bit. They can still come up with a text that starts to get us out of this mess. But it would seem clear that both me, and those working on the negotiating text, need a change of gear!

Because this process may be getting us there, but if we keep going at this pace we have absolutely no chance of it being by Copenhagen.

But that just isn’t an option. I can’t not hand something in on Septemder the 2nd. And in the same way, not having got to a workable agreement by Copenhagen should be unacceptable, unthinkable even.


Thumbs up or thumbs down for the UK's vision for Copenhagen that Gordon Brown outlined today?

Thumbs up or thumbs down for the UK's vision for Copenhagen that Gordon Brown outlined today?

“There are very few moments in history when nations are summoned to common decisions that will reshape the lives of every man, woman and child on the planet for generations to come. When leaders have to consider not just what will deliver fairness in their generation, but fairness between the generations too.”

These were the opening words of a speech given by our Prime Minister, Gordon Brown today on the UK government’s vision for Copenhagen.

You can read the full text here-  http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page19813

It was a pretty important day and a pretty important speech in outlining where we, the UK, stand in the negotiations. Generally it was actually a  positive step in pushing forward the debate both within the EU and beyond, and the fact that they are using language like the above means maybe some of our calls are not falling on deaf ears.

But what exactly did Gordon Brown say? Obviously you can wade through the speech but if you don’t have the time or the inclination here is a quick summary. (watch out this is where we get a bit technical and lost in numbers!)



Me, Summer and Marco at the conference in Bonn. Me, Summer e Marco alla conferenza di Bonn.

Me, Summer and Marco at the conference in Bonn. Me, Summer e Marco alla conferenza di Bonn.

Durante le giornate passate alla conferenza di Bonn sui cambiamenti climatici ho incontrato molti dei miei vecchi compagni di master internazionale LUMES, come Oleg, Marco, Summer, Anna-Leena.
Abbiamo preso strade differenti, alcuni di noi lavorano per i governi, altri no.
Marco Chiu ora è un negoziatore per il governo del suo paese, l’Ecuador.
Ho colto l’opportunità per chiedergli alcune domande sul suo lavoro e sulla conferenza.

During these past few days, I have met many of my old international master programme (LUMES) classmates, such as Oleg, Marco, Summer, Anna-Leena. We took different paths, some of us went into governments, and others did not. Marco Chiu is now a negotiator for his country, Ecuador. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his job and this conference. Enjoy.