Climate Action

Bonn Climate Change Conference

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03/06/2013 - 14/06/2013

In the continuation of Durban Platform (ADP) talks on the new international climate agreement to be adopted in 2015, the European Union will be looking to take forward discussions on how to ensure all countries make ambitious emission reduction or limitation commitments.

The previous meeting of the ADP, at the beginning of May, saw the emergence of ideas on how emission commitments could be developed in a step-wise fashion through a combination of national processes shaped by internationally agreed guidelines and peer review procedures in order to ensure that global warming stays below 2°C.  The EU wants to deepen these discussions on the basis of a paper it has submitted setting out how this step-wise process could work.

A further EU priority, under the ADP's workstream on raising ambition pre-2020, will be to promote a draft decision of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change calling on countries to press for a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances. The decision would be adopted at the Warsaw climate conference (COP 19) in November.

The EU will also report to the meeting on the implementation of its 'fast start' finance commitment, under which it provided €7.34 billion to developing countries over 2010-2012, slightly more than the €7.2 billion originally pledged.

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