The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr Yvo de Boer, has asked for specific proposals that capture the concerns of developing nations on climate change.
He made this proposal at a press conference on the high level talks in Accra.
The Accra Climate Change Talks 2008 is a prelude to the crucial UN negotiating process that will be concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the end of 2009.
It will focus on the momentum set by the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali last year during which world leaders committed themselves to finding ways to strengthen the international response on climate change on four key issues.
The issues are adaptation, mitigation, financing and technology to help deal with the challenge through reducing emissions and adapting to changes.
The meeting, Mr de Boer said, would provide the opportunity for African countries, which are hardest hit by the challenge, “to put their concerns on the table.”
He said the Copenhagen deal would also seek to “deliver effective mechanisms that help developing nations to achieve clean economic growth and deal with the impact of climate change. This is needed to prevent Africa from being the forgotten continent of international climate change action.”
During the meeting in Accra, there will be two main negotiating groups, one under the Kyoto Protocol to negotiate how industrialised nations can reduce emissions considerably beyond 2012.
The other group will negotiate under the Bali decision that will focus on straightening the international response to climate change.