Climate negotiators battle over forthcoming meeting agendas

UN climate talks in Bangkok were dominated by wrangling over the agenda for negotiations ahead of December’s crucial COP 17 conference in Durban.

Government officials meeting in Bangkok on 3-8 April failed to build on progress made at last December’s UN climate conference in Cancún, Mexico, on financial, technological and capacity-building mechanisms for adaptation and mitigation (ENDS Report 431, pp 6-7). Instead they spent days debating meeting agendas.

But UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said the outcome was positive. Agreement on agendas for forthcoming meetings meant nations would be able to start talking about real issues at their next June meeting in Bonn. But she acknowledged extra meetings may now need to be set up before the COP 17 Durban conference in December.

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