Climate action needed now - talks continue

28 May 2010 | Media advisory

UNFCCC talks, 31 May – 11 June 2010, Bonn                                Negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting resume in Bonn, continuing efforts to establish a post-2012 global climate change regime. Following disappointment in Copenhagen, the timing for the adoption of a new legally binding agreement remains unclear, but Parties should aim at an agreement on the building blocks of a new regime for the next UNFCCC Summit in Cancun, Mexico, in November this year.
 

Tackling climate change is more urgent than ever. Greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to cause alarming increases in temperature. The combined global land and ocean surface temperatures in April were the warmest on record. Current reductions and pledges to cut emissions will not be enough to keep global warming below 2°C. This will result in irreversible damage to livelihoods and ecosystems on which we all depend. Nature is also our ally against climate change. Healthy ecosystems can help us cope better with the impacts of climate change and store carbon.Action must be taken now, without waiting for international negotiations to reach a conclusion.

Key Issues
• “Despite the disappointing outcome of the Copenhagen conference, one success story was REDD-plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). REDD-plus emerged with a coherent and broad scope and positive movement on environmental and social safeguards,” says IUCN’s Director of Environment and Development Stewart Maginnis. “We need to build on this success and seal a deal on REDD-plus.”
“A framework for adaptation to climate change that provides adequate funding and recognizes the role of ecosystems needs to be adopted.” says Ninni Ikkala, IUCN Climate Change Coordinator. “In parallel, we must work on the ground to increase the resilience of local communities facing the impacts of climate change, including through better management of natural resources.”

Where Hotel Maritim, Bonn, Germany.

Press material and events

Monday 31 June: Opening Statement.
Monday 7 June-Friday 11 June: daily blog by our delegation members at UNFCCC in Bonn
Tuesday 8 June, 9:00-9:30: IUCN Press Briefing, report and Press Release, adaptation of coastal communities and ecosystems to climate change. Room Haydn, 2nd floor.
Thursday 10 June, 12:00-12:30: IUCN Press Briefing, report and Press Release, sharing the benefits of REDD. Room Haydn, 2nd floor.
Friday 11 June, Closing Statement

Spokespersons:

Ninni Ikkala, IUCN Climate Change Coordinator ninni.ikkala@iucn.org  
Claire Parker, Senior Climate Change Policy Consultant claire.n.parker@btopenworld.com  
Carol Saint Laurent, IUCN Senior Forest Policy Advisor, carsaint@bellnet.ca  (for REDD)

Media contact:

Pia Drzewinski IUCN Media Relations, m, 41 79 857 4072 pia.drzewinski@iucn.org  
www.iucn.org/climate  

IUCN special webpage related to the meeting: http://www.iucn.org/unfccc/events/2010_bonn/