26 August, 2007
Although I have expressed my deep scepticism about the “climate travelling circus” taking place under the auspices of the UNFCCC [Wikipedia], I would like to keep my readers informed about the preparatory inter-governmental discussions in the runup to the COP13 meeting in Bali from 3-14 December 2007. This is therefore the first of a series of blog posts which I would like to write with your help between now and December. I also intend to help organise a pre- and post-event seminar on the Bali summit in Brussels, if I can get support from one of Brussels’ main conference organisers.
This series of blog posts on Bali needs your input. If you spot interesting news, sites, documents and other developments for this topic, please do not hesitate to inform me.
What’s at stake in Bali?
The Bali meeting will try to reach an agreement on a negotiations agenda to prepare new international action for climate change mitigation and adaptation after 2012, the year that the Kyoto Protocol [Wikipedia] will end.
Preparatory meeting in Vienna
From 27-31 August, a preparatory meeting will take place in Vienna, where over 1000 representatives of governments, business, NGOs and research institutes will try to make progress on the issues to be debated in Bali. One of the important documents for discussion will be a new UNFCCC study analysing existing and planned investment flows and finance schemes relevant to the development of effective and appropriate international response to climate change. The report concludes that additional investments of around $210 billion a year will be needed to hold greenhouse gas emissions to the current level in 2030, and most of that investment should flow to the developing world.
Read also the background information of WWF on the Vienna meeting.
Rich economies off the hook if they pay poor countries?
One of the most controversial recent statements regarding future climate policies has come from Yvo de Boer, the head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. De Boer thinks emission reductions in the rich developed countries has become too expensive and therefore, instead of reducing further, rich countries should pay the poor to do more to prevent climate change [read BBC News].
Roadmap to Bali
Two other important meetings will be held in the next months to “prepare the minds” for the Bali summit: a first one, organised by the United Nations’ Secretary-General on 24 September, and another one set up by the Bush administration for 27-28 September in Washington for the leading economic powers, the UN and the EU. How much both meetings are in competition, is the subject of an interesting analysis by Martin Khor, the Director of the Third World Network, on the Peopleandplanet.net web site.
The key website
For anyone wanting to know about the different proposals that have been put forward by academics, business organisations and politicians in the last few years, ECOFYS created with the help of the German government and the EU’s environment Directorate General an absolute must-follow website called Future International Action on Climate Change Network.Author : Willy De Backer