Climate negotiators meet in Bonn, Germany, today for the first time since the fractious Copenhagen summit, but there is little hope of forging a new legally binding United Nations deal before the end of this year.
The Bonn meeting will lay out the process for a larger and more comprehensive meeting in June, which will also be held in Bonn. The June meeting will center on developing a new negotiating instrument for talks later this year.
Additionally, a meeting of the Major Economies Forum will take place in Washington, D.C., on April 18-19. MEF is a group of 17 advanced economies who will meet to discuss a strategy for moving forward with international negotiations on climate and energy.
These meetings will set the stage for the much larger Conference of Parties meeting to be held in Mexico in December.
The accord seeks to limit world temperature rises to below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit but does not say how this will be achieved.