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With four climate confabs in September alone, we’re headed into a year-end with an unprecedented number of high-level, international climate change meetings. The news emerging from these meetings will likely ratchet up the volume of discussion on climate change as the US elections begin to gain speed. Here’s a rundown.
Just finished: Discussions at the Asia Pacific Economic Council (or APEC, a group which President Bush mistakenly called OPEC) closed ended last week with a an agreement to pursue weak voluntary limits. Also just finished is the Gleneagles Dialog (9/10-11) in Berlin, a confab of the G8 group of wealthy nations (and the heaviest emitters).
Ahead: With the US at least stirring to discuss green house gas (GHG) limits there will be US-led meeting with major American emitters (9/27-28). Concurrently, in Washington, meeting organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts will bring emerging market heavy emitters China & India into discussions with beltway wonks. Further out, a gathering of the thousands of the world’s climate scientists will conclude its recent efforts to document the state and future of climate change. A meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (11/12-17) in Spain will issue final recommendations that synthesize findings from the three early parts of its findings published early this year. And last but not least there will also be a duo of UN meetings in New York (9/24) and Bali (12/3-14) to set out the post Kyoto agenda. For more details, click through to the continuation of this post. A tip of the hat to Brandon MacGillis at the National Environment Trust/ Pew Campaign on Fuel Efficiency for this helpful summary.
September 10 - 11
G8 Meeting: Gleneagles Dialogue
Energy and environment ministers from the 20 largest energy consuming nations will gather in Berlin for the Gleneagles Dialogue, which started at the 2005 G8 meeting. Key issues for discussion will be finance and investment as well as the elements to the post-Kyoto regime.
UN Meeting - The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change
UN Headquarters - New York, NY
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a meeting of heads of state or government to promote discussion for advancing negotiations on a new global agreement on climate change at the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Bali, in December.
President Bush's meeting of Major Emitters/Economies on Energy Security and Climate Change
State Department, Washington, D.C.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host a meeting of the world's richest nations and most prolific emitters to talk about/starting to talk about/agreeing to talk about (finally) doing something on climate change.
Bali and Post 2012 Preparatory Meeting
U.N. Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts offices
The National Environmental Trust/Pew Environment Group, Chatham House and the U.N. Foundation have invited representatives from 15 countries, including China and India, to Washington, DC, for a meeting to parallel the President's major emitters meeting. This forum will highlight multinational perspectives and viewpoints that are likely to be somewhat muted at the President's conference. The main focus of this meeting will be to discuss how these organizations can strengthen and support the climate negotiations taking place this December in Bali.
27th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Valencia, Spain
This is the final meeting of the IPCC to adopt the Fourth Assessment Report on climate change. At this meeting the IPCC will release the final summary for policymakers, which will make recommendations based on the three previous reports from earlier this year.
United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 13 and MOP 3)
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
This is the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the third Meeting of the Parties of the Kyoto Protocol. We will send out more information on this meeting when it is available.
BusinessWeek correspondents John Carey and Mark Scott, cover the green scene, keeping on top of the business aspects of energy, the environment and climate change, as well as the technologies, policies, markets and people that are shaping how the earth's resources will be used in the century ahead.