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Paris Climate Agreement Negotiations Gets Underway in Bonn

Work on the text of the Paris 2015 universal climate agreement will continue when climate experts, civil society and environment ministers meet in Bonn Germany.
29 May 2015 17:48
Christiana Figeures, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary


Work on the text of the Paris 2015 universal climate agreement will continue when climate experts, civil society and environment ministers meet in Bonn Germany.

The ten-day meeting opening on Monday   is the next milestone on the road to Paris, where the new Climate Change agreement is to be reached at the end of the year.

The meeting will also continue progress on addressing the most effective ways to raise climate action before 2020, when the new agreement would come into effect.

The Bonn meeting comes in the wake of a major business and climate summit held in Paris and just ahead of the meeting of the G7 in Germany.

Christiana Figures, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) says the growing momentum for change and for action is rapidly gaining ground across countries, companies, cities and citizens.

The Bonn session includes the meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). This is the body tasked with reaching an agreement in Paris and looking at how best to raise ambition to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt societies to climate change ahead of 2020.

Uganda\'s  Acting Commissioner in Charge of Climate Change Unit, Chebet Maikut is already in Bon. He will be joined by other Ugandan negotiators from Minister of Water and  environment, Finance Ministry and Foreign Affairs.

In February, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) in Geneva countries produced the official text, the basis of negotiations at the upcoming session in Bonn.

The negotiating text covers the substantive content of the new agreement including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology transfer and capacity-building among others.

Uganda and other governments around the world is committed to the long-term goal of ensuring that warming this century will be limited to below 2 degree Centigrade rise compared to the pre-industrial climate.

Latest policy decisions like increase taxes on importation of used cars and the implementation of the polythene bags are part of Uganda government\'s efforts to limit environment damage and carbon emissions.

Governments and other stakeholders at the Bon meeting will be sharing their experiences and ideas regarding Article 6 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC). Article six focuses on climate change education, training, public awareness, public access to information and international cooperation.