By Makereta Komai for Climate Pasifika in
07 June 2010,
Bonn, Germany – A proposal to convene a ministerial meeting outside the United Nations climate change body’s scheduled sessions has been proposed by Papua New Guinea, in the lead up to the Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting in in December this year. Mexico
The proposal drew mixed reactions from State Parties at the climate change negotiations in
this week. Bonn
PNG said the ministerial session would review the outcomes of three scheduled negotiations in June, August and October before any final conclusions are presented at the COP session in
“This is an attempt to avoid the failure of
last year. The ministers did not have time to meet and review the negotiating text, said PNG. Copenhagen
“The meeting should not run parallel to the negotiations but feed into providing advice and political guidance on crunch issues to allow negotiators to do the final touches to the final resolutions before
Recognising time and financial constraints, PNG suggested limited participation with regional and negotiating groupings represented.
“Transparency and inclusiveness are important, thus the meeting should be open ended, said the PNG proposal.
There are two scheduled one weeklong negotiations planned for August and October this year.
The pre-COP ministerial meeting is proposed to be convened between October and December.
“The proposal is difficult especially if Parties wanted to keep the process open and inclusive until Cancun, said
PNG’s proposal will be discussed further before Parties decide whether it should be reflected in the draft conclusions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) contact group.
Ms Komai will be covering the Bonn Climate Change negotiations from 31 May – 11 June 2010, thanks to support from Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). She will provide daily coverage of the negotiations via PACNEWS and the SPREP website www.sprep.org, the climate pasifika blogspot, http://climatepasifika.blogspot.com and the PINA Green page http://green.pina.com.fj/