ECO 9, June Bonn 2014, English

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June 13, 2014 - 1:20am

Don’t sell yourself short, Saudi Arabia, under any definition you’re important!

During Wednesday’s ADP session on the information required for INDCs, Saudi Arabia suggested that only the world’s top 20 emitters should worry about offering mitigation contributions to a Paris Protocol. The rest of the world, they said, should focus on adaptation, as their emissions are “minuscule”. 

June 13, 2014 - 1:12am

Ever since hearing so much support for action on renewable energy in Workstream 2, ECO has had an ear worm on our mind…

 

It’s totally not crazy what I’m ‘bout to say

Sunshine she’s here, fossil fuels can take a break

Solar power’s gonna fill this space

With the sunshine and wind power showing the way

 

Because I’m happy

June 13, 2014 - 1:10am

While ECO has been busy this week in Bonn, our spies in Luxembourg have been keeping an eye on EU environment and energy ministers. Yesterday, a joint EU Council meeting tackled two burning, and linked, issues: EU energy security and its post-2020 climate and energy framework. ECO’s intelligence network says this will be agreed in October. 

June 13, 2014 - 1:08am

The most anticipated event of the year has finally arrived (no, not the Bonn intersessionals!). Last night, after an early stumble, Brazil beat Croatia in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup. Just as much of the world looks up to Brazil’s national team, many Parties admire Brazil’s great success in tackling deforestation, with a 70% reduction during the past decade. And rightly so!

June 13, 2014 - 1:06am

On June 6, Brazil became the first Party to deliver a REDD+ reference emission level to the UNFCCC under new rules established in Warsaw.  This should be a reason for celebration: agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) constitutes 24% of global emissions, and Brazil has been reducing deforestation rates in the Amazon.

June 13, 2014 - 1:04am

ECO noted a range of opinions in Thursday’s ADP stocktaking plenary - particularly on the question of how negotiations should go forward with which texts. Some Parties supported working with text based on a synthesis of Party contributions. This would mean that the co-chairs would be sent into the kitchen to cook up a text based on ingredients selected by Parties.