Bali Outcomes & Impressions

At the UNFCCC COP 13 a Bali Action Plan (0.1 MB) has been agreed that launches inclusive negotiations on post-2012 with an end date of 2009. IMERS would deliver on the four pillars of the Bali Roadmap/Deal.

From Bali to Poznan to Copenhagen
For impressions and suggestions from Bali jump to On the Road again!

    The talks will address, inter alia,
  • Long-term goal for global greenhouse gas emissions reductions
  • Enhanced action on mitigation, adaptation, technology development and transfer, and finance and investment
For reports from COP 13 check the Earth Negotiations Bulletins, including Final Summary (0.7 MB, 22 pages).

Reducing the gap in financing for adaptation

We were very pleased with the very positive feedback on our IMERS proposal in Bali. When implemented, it will deliver the four major blocks of the Bali roadmap for international shipping. We are actively pursuing buy-in activities.

On the road again! - Impressions from COP 13 UNFCCC

Short extracts from a full paper (0.1 MB) by Dr Benito Müller.

    The aim of the recent UN climate change conference in Nusa Dua (Bali, Indonesia) was widely held to be two-fold.
  • To finalise the operational details of the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund (AF), and
  • to put together a ‘Road Map’ for negotiations on strengthening the UN climate change regime beyond the initial commitments of the Kyoto Protocol which expire in 2012.
Both aims were achieved, albeit not with the same degree of ease. [...]

The Adaptation Fund

[...] The key to the astonishingly smooth progress and the early breakthrough in the negotiations on the AF was no doubt the absence of surprises and a raised level of trust [...] This was in stark contrast to the other key negotiations strand on the Bali Road Map which, particularly in the final phase, turned out to have a number of very unfortunate surprises with a concomitant loss of trust.

The Bali Roadmap: The many plots of the Ides of December

Of Contact and Small Groups

[...] The one issue that eluded consensus in the small ministerial group was the relevant paragraph (1.b.ii) on the scope of developing country mitigation activities to be considered in the proposed Convention-track negotiations. [...]

The multi-plot plenary

[...] At this point the drama started to unfold. Seven seconds after the EU intervention [...]
The unfortunate events of the final morning have turned this into a rather inauspicious beginning, as far as trust building is concerned. [...]

An American "U-turn"?

When the plenary convened for the third time [...]
But to think that the US was swayed by this, or indeed by the jeering after their initial intervention, is simply naïve.

The Way Forward: To Ensure a Safe Journey

[...] As to the medium term, the difficulty will be to find tools to ‘square the global mitigation circle,’ that is to break out of the “we-will-only-take-on-commitments-if-they-do” stalemate which has bedevilled the climate change process ever since the passing of the notorious Byrd-Hagel resolution in the US Senate in 1997 [...] No one ‘in the know’ will underestimate the difficulty of this task. But it is not impossible.
[...] Measurable, reportable and verifiable developing country mitigation commitments will, if at all, only be possible as a package deal with measurable, reportable and verifiable commitments to provide technology, financing and capacity-building by developed countries. Indeed India’s closing statement can and should be read in this spirit:
“The road to Bali was in principle strong, the road from Bali must be much stronger.
We need to move forward to Poland to Denmark, and beyond, for what is at stake is saving our future generations. And therefore it is not a question of what you will commit or what I will commit.
It is a question of what we will commit together to meet that challenge!”

The above excerpts do NOT do justice to the 7 page paper. Read it ALL by following the link (0.1 MB).

On the road already - to Poznan (Poland, COP 14, 2008) and to Copenhagen (Denmark, COP 15, 2009).
With several multilateral "stops" in London at IMO for IMERS!