(Bonn, 15 June 2014) –The ability of cities and the way smarter use of land can unlock greater action on climate change now and into the future came to the fore in Bonn as governments work towards a new agreement in Paris in 2015.
The positivity around the past two week’s meetings culminated at the close when governments asked that the elements of a draft treaty be made available by July in advance of the next meetings in Bonn in October.
Kishan Kumarsingh and Artur Runge-Metzger, the Co-Chairs of the Working Group tasked to construct the 2015 agreement said in a joint statement: “The cooperative and positive atmosphere so self-evident here in Bonn has now translated into a significant step forward towards the elements of a draft treaty that needs to be a key outcome by the end of the year in Lima, Peru.”
“We are determined to ensure we make these available in July towards a comprehensive new treaty in 2015 that will protect the planet and its people from dangerous climate change,” they added.
Delegates during the Bonn meetings heard how many cities working with organizations like ICLEI and C40 have already initiated ambitious measures to improve urban wellbeing and address climate change.
Many are accelerating policies to build resilience into their urban environments. In some cases they are targeting ‘carbon neutrality’; balancing emissions and absorptions by 2050 or earlier.
For the full media release please go to: http://unfccc.int/files/press/releases/application/pdf/pr20141506_sb40_close_with_corrected_link.pdf
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