Negotiating climate success begins in Bonn

More than 190 countries are meeting in Bonn, Germany to prepare a climate deal that will be agreed in Paris later this year. Negotiators meeting for the two-week session need to address the immediate impacts and long-term challenges of climate change as they structure the new climate plan.

To keep on pace with the deadline for a new climate agreement, negotiators must agree a way to sharply reduce emissions over the next five years and ensure that future commitments for limiting global warming match the demands of science.

"A new global climate deal will mean little if emissions continue to rise before the agreement takes effect," said Samantha Smith, leader of WWF's Global Climate and Energy Initiative. "Any new climate plan must be equitable and follow science that says that carbon emissions need to peak before 2020 and then sharply reduce."

The draft agreement being discussed in Bonn should also include resources to facilitate emission reductions. Negotiators need to ensure that the poorest communities have the means to adapt to climate change and recover from climate-driven loss and damage.

"Negotiators must not put off difficult discussions as they have in the past. The Bonn discussions must start substantively and issues that need to be elevated to a political level must be addressed as soon as possible," said Smith.

While climate talks continue, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are being implemented and improved faster than predicted. Governments are building clean energy infrastructure for a decarbonised society as costs for these technologies drop and jobs increase.

During the Bonn session, nations need to move beyond the simple exchange of ideas on clean energy technology and begin drafting decisions with clear recommendations on next steps. - See more at:

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