08 Apr '11, 2pm

Bangkok Meetings Deliver Agenda for Moving Climate Talks Forward

Tough issues remain as climate change negotiators chart the year’s work in Bangkok. This week’s climate talks in Bangkok started on a high note with overviews of countries’ climate efforts, but quickly spiraled downward into arguments over the year’s work plan, the place where the politics were being played out. More than petty bickering, these disagreements were a stark reminder of the political divisions that remain to be overcome. In the end, after intense negotiations, the meeting delivered modest progress: an agenda to build on the Cancun Agreements before the next Conference of the Parties (COP) in December in Durban, South Africa, and to discuss the broader political issues that were left unresolved in Mexico. The meeting in Bangkok was the first time since the standing ovations of the Cancun talks last December that countries had met. Bangkok reaffirmed that Cancun...

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