Negotiating sessions of the Adhoc Working Group on Long Term
Co-operative Action (AWG LCA), the Adhoc Working Group on the Kyoto
Protocol (AWG KP), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and
the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)
are now taking place in Bonn, Germany.
These meetings are intended to build on elements of the Cancun
Agreements, thereby laying the groundwork for the seventeenth
Conference of the Parties (COP 17) which will take place in Durban
at the end of this year.
The SBI and SBSTA negotiating sessions commenced on Monday 6th
June 2011 and will close on Thursday 16th June 2011. The AWG KCA
and AWG KP sessions began on Tuesday 7th June 2011 and will close
on Friday 17th June 2011.
The climate change negotiations: Reality TV without the TV
14 June 2011
Delegates have been negotiating for a week already. Well, for
some of the week. In a repeat of the preceding negotiation session,
in Bangkok, much of the first week of valuable negotiating time was
taken up debating what the agenda should look like and which items
should be in or out. For those of you who are not seasoned
negotiation watchers: if an item is not put on the agenda at the
beginning of the negotiation session, it will not be up for
discussion. Which leads to intense debate about the agendas
Now, finally, they are getting on to the business at hand.
In a timely move, the International Energy Agency (IEA)
published a report last week which shows that there was a record
surge in the use of fossil fuels in 2010 and 75 per cent of this
surge came from emerging economies. The IEA has pointed out that
'lock-in' of this growth pattern grows with each year that
there are no binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The report also highlights the fact that the Fukushima catastrophe
has led to a retreat from nuclear power by many countries, with
knock-on growth for emissions. Required reading and sobering news
for those who are assembled in the Maritim Hotel in Bonn.
There are some major agenda items on the table this
Among the SBSTA agenda items, UNFCCC delegates have the
opportunity to consider:
The development and transfer of technologies.
How to address emissions from fuel used for aviation and
What the implications of new HFC 23 facilities are
What the impacts of climate change on water resources and water
resource management might be
Some of the higher profile SBI agenda items are as follows:
Whether there should be an appeal procedure against decisions
made by the CDM Executive Board
How developing countries' mitigation efforts could be
subject to an agreed level of monitoring, verification and
Many AWG LCA agenda items in this negotiation session are of
How to tackle nationally appropriate mitigation actions
(NAMAS), both by developing and developed country Parties
The provision of incentives for reducing emissions from
deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries
Sector-specific approaches to mitigation, eg. steel / cement
The AWG KP agenda is focussed on the single issue of further
commitments for Annex 1 Parties. This issue has been divided into
smaller topics, to be discussed by small 'spin-off groups',
but the success of the larger agenda item is hanging dramatically
in the balance, given that the Umbrella Group of delegates has
publically waived a further commitment period and therefore left
the Kyoto Protocol in the cold. You can draw your own reality TV
show analogies here.
Thank you for reading the Norton Rose Group climate change
negotiations blog. We will keep you informed of the major
breakthroughs and barriers in these negotiating groups for the
remainder of the week!
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