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This week, the UN member countries have gathered in Bonn, Germany, to negotiate a preliminary draft that will form the backbone of an agreement to be finalised in December. The agreement will outline a global strategy for climate change response over the next few decades, in an effort to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.
After a difficult start in Germany, when developing countries contested the first version of the draft, the text was amended to include issues such as the loss and damage mechanism and a stronger focus on adaptation, which will benefit countries that are most vulnerable to climate change.
SciDev.Net talks to David Waskow, director of the international climate initiative at research organisation the World Resources Institute, about how the negotiations are shaping up, what policies will most affect the developing world in the face of climate change and the challenges ahead.