From: World Wildlife Fund
Published June 11, 2010 09:06 AM

Bonn climate talks hold up hope of turning trust into traction in Mexico

Bonn, Germany — WWF says negotiators at UN climate talks in Bonn have missed some important goals, while showing a much stronger performance than in previous rounds.

"In order to win the low carbon world cup we'll have to score a number of important goals in the very near future, such as reaching an agreement on adaptation to climate impacts and on ways to stop deforestation," said Kathrin Gutmann, Head of Climate Policy, WWF Global Climate Initiative.

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"Bonn made good progress on some of these crucial building blocks that will be essential parts of a future regime to tackle climate change, and there is really no reason for negotiators to go into extra-time instead of concluding them at the Climate Summit in Mexico this December."

In WWF's view, progress in Bonn was mainly a result of improved team spirit among negotiators, with countries from North and South teaming up in unusual coalitions, creating fresh dynamics and space for solutions and compromise.

However, Bonn did not see any major victories on challenging issues like funding and policies to wean economies off fossil fuels and make them fit for the low carbon future, mainly due to a lack of progressive champions and blocking tactics by oil-exporting countries like Saudi Arabia.

"The performance of a whole range of key players in the negotiations didn't really match the rapid shifts in investment or public opinion in favour of clean technology solutions that have recently occurred at the domestic level," said Gutmann.

"While the UN climate talks still tend to discuss climate action as a burden, more and more people in more and more countries see it as a benefit, and taking on this view is what will allow negotiators to be successful in solving the big challenges."

New negotiating text emerging from the Bonn talks on the last day could put delegates attending the next two rounds of negotiations before Mexico — one in August and one in October — in a good position to turn trust into traction in Mexico.

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