Monday 7th June, 2010

WWF bets are on Bonn and Mexico

Image courtesy Stefan

Since 1 June, Bonn, Germany, has been hosting UN climate talks. With the G8 and G20 summits later this month, the World Wildlife Fund says June will be a “watershed month” for global efforts towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

The three events combined could create the breakthroughs needed for a global climate agreement that will speed up the race to a low-carbon future. “June has the potential to be a turning point for climate politics, after a period of confusion following the UN meeting in Copenhagen last December,” says David Norman, Director of Campaigns at WWF UK.

 “Copenhagen didn’t deliver the full treaty the world needs, but it brought us very close to agreement on a few crucial elements of the package. Bonn now needs to pick up where Copenhagen left off.”
 

WWF says negotiators in Bonn should push for forest protection, establishing financing for low-carbon action and more awareness on the climate issues in some developing countries.
 

With the 2012 deadline for the Kyoto Protocol approaching, WWF says that breakthroughs in these areas are desperately needed.  WWF is hoping for more good news during the summit in Mexico at the end of this year and hopes for a global agreement to be made at the next summit in South Africa in 2011.  British politicians have already agreed their input during the talks in Mexico, as was mentioned last month during the Queen’s speech.

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