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Conclusion of the Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009

Friday 6 November saw the close of five days of intensive negotiations by the delegates at the Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009.

The Barcelona Talks were the last sessions scheduled prior to COP15 in Copenhagen where an international climate change agreement for beyond 2012 is to be reached.

Noteworthy are the organisation of the Talks and the participation of more than 4,500 people, including delegations from 181 states. Hosting a United Nations meeting is always a challenge, as was making it an outstanding event in Barcelona. This challenge was met successfully, thanks to the coordination between all the authorities involved: the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs and the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, and the involvement of Catalan civil society and the media.

This website has become a tool for information on the events and parallel events organised by various organisations and business associations.

Some 50 parallel events were announced, involving diverse sectors of society, and the site has proved a practical information point for the delegates and members of observer organisations who gathered at FIRA GRAN VIA.

Alongside this, over 25 events were organised by business organisations, trade unions and NGOs.

We would therefore like to express our gratitude to all those involved, for the collective effort of Catalan society in this undertaking, which, for a few days, made Barcelona the world centre of climate change negotiations.

Next venue, Copenhagen. See you there!