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Fourteenth attempt to address climate crisis underway in Poznan

Written By mediavigil on Tuesday, December 02, 2008 | 1:40 AM

United Nations Climate Change Conference 1-12 December 2008, Poznań, Poland
The UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań opened on 1st December. The Conference is a milestone on the road to success for the processes which were launched under the Bali Road Map.

The meeting comes midway between COP 13 in Bali, which saw the launch of negotiations on strengthened international action on climate change, and COP 15 Copenhagen, at which the negotiations are set to conclude.

The Conference includes the 29th sessions of the Convention’s subsidiary bodies - SBSTA and SBI – as well as the 4th session of the AWG-LCA and the 2nd part of the 6th session of the AWG-KP.

Almost eleven thousand participants are attending the Poznań meeting, which will both advance international cooperation on a future climate change regime and ensure progress on key issues.

Earlier, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary briefed the press on the latest key greenhouse gas data and on the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Poznań.

While emissions for the 41 Parties that have greenhouse gas reporting obligations under the Convention had fallen by 5% in the period 1990 to 2006, they had been clearly on the rise since the year 2000, he said. Emissions for countries which have ratified the Kyoto Protocol had fallen by 17% in the period 1990 to 2006, but had also been growing since the year 2000.

Looking ahead to Poznań, De Boer said it was the important halfway mark in the two-year process leading up to Copenhagen in 2009, which he described as "one of the most complicated negotiating processes the international community has ever seen.”

Ministers in Poznań are discussing their vision of long-term cooperation to address climate change, and a draft negotiating text would be on the table for the first time. It is hoped that the Adaptation Fund would become fully operational at Poznań.

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