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UNFCC Executive Secretary Talks of Expectations for Bonn Climate Talks

Current UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressed the press this morning (see video below) in advance of the first UN climate negotiations next week in Bonn. Soon to be succeeded by incoming Executive Secretary designate Christiana Figueres, de Boer may harbor some relief in not charged with shepherding the next major climate conference, COP16, later this year in Cancún, Mexico. I couldn’t help …

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New Report Offers Little Hope for International Climate Agreement, Suggests “New Thinking” in Climate Diplomacy

It’s the big pink elephant in the room that few others wish to acknowledge, but a central theme in a new report by former climate negotiator Nigel Purvis: An international climate change treaty isn’t likely to be signed anytime soon. Purvis served as president Clinton’s chief UN climate negotiator, and in his report released today Purvis says that the United States and Europe should …

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U.S. Submits Emissions Target to UN – Other Nations Follow Suit to Meet Copenhagen Accord Deadline

NOTE: See the update below for the latest from the UNFCCC and links to countries officially submitting targets and mitigation plans under the Copenhagen Accord Meeting the January 31st deadline specified in the Copenhagen Accord that president Obama helped negotiate at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, the State Department has formally submitted its emissions reduction target to the UNFCC of 17 percent over 2005 …

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Kicking the Can Down the Road – UNFCC Chief Yvo de Boar Press Conference on the Aftermath of COP15

Yvo de Boer is smiling here - but leaves the UNFCCC "appalled" by climate inaction from the international community

In his first official press conference since the conclusion of the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer acknowledged that the much-anticipated conference did not deliver all it could have, it did “set the stage” in three key elements: Raising climate change to the highest level of government Producing a document (the Copenhagen Accord (pdf)) that reflects a political consensus …

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COP15 High Drama – Climate Negotiators Prepare “Failure Speech” as Obama Arrives in Copenhagen

Speaking this week at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Jonathan Pershing, the Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, said negotiators and advisors were preparing for failure just as Air Force One was landing in Copenhagen on the final day of the COP15 climate conference. I was working with my delegation to draft what we could tell the president what he might …

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“Why I Went to COP15” – My Short Contribution to Planet Positive’s 2020 Vision Campaign

It was in the wee hours of Saturday December 19th that a bleary-eyed UNFCCC secretary-general Yvo de Boer was putting the best face he could on the Copenhagen Accord for the remaining press at the Bella Center in Copenhagen – the final official press conference from COP15. I was not among those remaining press, instead making my way on a dark and cold Copenhagen …

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“Red Carpet” Activists Released From Copenhagen Jail in COP15 Detention

Four so-called “red carpet” activists were released today from detention in a Copenhagen fail. The activists gained access and disturbed a gala event for heads of state at  Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen during the COP15 climate conference on December 17th. Dressed in evening gown and tuxedo, three people convinced guards to allow them access to the event, where they unfurled banners that read “Politicians …

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