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More climate talks? Yes, and they're crucial

By Clare Groves | 8 June 2011

UN climate talks resumed this week in Bonn, Germany, and Christian Aid will be keeping a very close eye on proceedings.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. ‘More talks?’

I'll admit that the perpetual cycle of UN climate change meetings can seem frustratingly slow-moving.

However, the UN process holds the only hope of securing a deal to keep global temperature rises within the ‘safe’ increase of two degrees centigrade.

And that’s why Christian Aid is there, making sure the voices of poor countries are heard.

The Bonn meeting, which lasts until 17 June, follows on from the commitments made at the climate negotiations in Cancun last December, and will, in turn, pave the way for the major upcoming COP17 talks in Durban, South Africa, later this year.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s senior global advocacy adviser, will be in the German city for the next fortnight, advocating for people in some of the world’s poorest communities.

These are the communities who, as we know, are being hit first and worst by the effects of climate change.

So, I’ll forgive you if the idea of negotiations don’t get your pulses racing!

But rest assured: meetings like the one in Bonn really are the only way we are going to secure a fair, ambitious and binding global climate regime.

We'll hear from Mohamed over the next week or so. And you can follow @ca_campaigns for his tweets direct from Bonn (as well as all our other campaigns activity, of course). 


About the author

Clare Groves

Clare Fussell is a campaigns officer for Christian Aid

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