Climate negotiators at UN-sponsored meetings in Bonn, Germany agreed today to do more of what they do best: talk. The next international glamour city where they plan to come up with a plan to succeed the Kyoto treaty, after Copenhagen's failure, is Cancun. But before they do that this year they must fly their jets and ride in their limos to two other meeting locations, so that the talks in Cancun can be successful:
“At this meeting in Bonn, I have generally seen a strong desire to make progress,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), following the talks over the weekend in Germany.
He cautioned, however, that while additional “meeting time is important, it is itself not a recipe for success.”
In addition to the negotiating sessions already scheduled for 2010, governments of the 175 countries that participated decided to hold two additional sessions of at least one week each to intensify the search for ways to limit carbon emissions and provide assistance for developing countries.
Dates have not yet been set, but the additional meetings will take place between 11 June, when the UNFCCC Convention subsidiary bodies wrap up their session, and 29 November when the UN Climate Change Conference will begin in Cancun, Mexico.
To highlight how seriously important these talks are, each of the 175 nations have adopted the day-before-month date format and will send at least a 17-person entourage in addition to their primary climate negotiators to both meetings. Just kidding.