The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has a good summary of the latest UN climate talks in Bangkok early April.
The goal of the talks was to agree to an agenda of issues for the year ahead, hopefully giving a stronger platform for discussions at COP17 in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.
According to ICTSD, the talks were characterised by “frustration and a sense of backsliding”. In short:
- developed nation political support is required for a second Kyoto commitment period (despite Kyoto’s effective death sentence in Cancun, it is the only mechanism in place post-2012);
- the Long Term Cooperative Action working group took a week to agree a new agenda – proposals from the G77 and China recieved no support from industrialised countries; and
- On a sector level, agriculture returned to the field, heralding a fresh approach to trade issues.