The UN Bangkok Climate Change Talks ended on 4 April, with an agreement on an 18-month work plan for negotiations on long-term greenhouse gas emissions targets. The programme also addresses stronger mitigation measures, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, the development and use of new low-carbon technologies and financing mechanisms.
Delegates agreed that the use of emissions trading, as well as the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation, should continue after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 – a move welcomed by UN climate chief Yvo de Boer as “an important signal to businesses”, who have been asking for clarity on this issue.
No other major breakthroughs were achieved. Instead, the meeting concluded with an agreement on holding seven more meetings until December 2009, when all 189 signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Copenhagen in the hope of thrashing out the final details of the post-2012 climate framework.
Three of these meetings will be held in 2008, in Bonn, Germany, in June, then in Ghana in August, followed by Poznan, Poland, in December.