Can UN Bonn meet prompt member nations for accelerated climate response?

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Highlights

  • Different countries have come together for the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2022 to discuss and improve their climate response for better tomorrow.
  • The panel will bring to fore major developments against climate change ahead of COP27 in November.
  • At the climate meet, developing countries have demanded more time and space to discuss the destruction caused due to climate change.
  • The need of the hour is to take immediate action at intergovernmental level to address the global issue of climate change.

More frequent and severe heat waves, floods, droughts, and rising sea levels raise an alarm every now and then because it’s high time we realise that climate change is not one of the many global issues that can be pushed back on the global schedule due to any reason.

Concerned about the unprecedented rapid warming of the planet, global organisations keep coming together to escalate human response to growing climate risks. One such forum is the annual Bonn Climate Change Conference. This year the conference is being conducted from 6th June to 16th June 2022 at the World Convention Center Bonn, Germany.

The panel at the Bonn Conference will deliberate on developments in the focus areas of mitigation, adaptation, support to developing countries – relating to loss and damage.

We can do better, we must

The Bonn Conference will be crucial in terms of tracking the progress of the Paris Agreement that was sealed in UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow last November.

The Paris Agreement is aimed to maintain the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It has been signed with the objective to support measures which can control the temperature increase to 1.5 Celsius this century.

To keep the main objective of the Paris climate agreement alive, carbon emissions need to be reduced by 50% by 2030.

Anticipating immediate action by governments to curb climate change, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa in her emotional address at the Bonne opening session said: “Look at what we’ve accomplished in the last six years. Look at what we’ve accomplished in the last 30. While we are still very much behind the climate curve, the world is in a better position because of the UNFCCC, because of the Kyoto Protocol, because of the Paris Agreement. Because of collaboration. Because of multilateralism. Because of you. But we can do better, we must.”

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Climate change talks at Bonn   

The Bonn Climate Change Conference has brought together different governments on one dais for the first time since the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 that was held in Glasgow in November 2021.

The event has been designed to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 that is scheduled to take place later this year in November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The conference saw developing nations raise concerns with developed countries related to climate finance as well as loss and damage caused by climate change. Meanwhile, developed nations highlighted that the meet’s agenda limits space for negotiations.

The Bonn meet will continue till 16 June 2022, taking forward action measures unveiled in November last year at CoP26 in Glasgow.


 


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