The Accra Climate Change Talks will take forward work on a strengthened and effective international climate change deal under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as work on emission reduction rules and tools under the Kyoto Protocol. This is part of a negotiating process that will be concluded in Copenhagen at the end of 2009.
More than 1,600 participants, including government delegates from 160 countries and representatives from business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions are attending the one-week meeting.
The Ghana meeting is financed by the Norwegian government, and the purpose is to pull the countries in Africa closer to the climate negotiations.
- The mistrust between poor and rich countries is the biggest challenge in the negotiations. Norway wishes to build a bridge between the two, and therefore we agreed to pay for one additional negotiation negotiation meeting to keep up the temperature in the negotiation process, says the Minister of Environment and Development, Erik Solheim.
Norway will put forward two concrete proposals at the Ghana meeting:
- A percentage of the quotas in a new climate-regime should be auctioned internationally to raise money for adaptation measures.
- Concrete caps should be set on the emissions from international shipping, which currently are not part of Kyoto.