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Twenty-Fourth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) of the UNFCCC and First session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG) and related meetings

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Highlights for Thursday, 18 May 2006


The 24th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SB 24) started on Thursday morning. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) considered agenda items on the adaptation programme of work, deforestation in developing countries, technology transfer, research and systematic observation, and a range of methodological issues. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) took up issues such as capacity building, administrative and financial matters, amendment of the Kyoto Protocol with regards to the compliance mechanism, the international transaction log, privileges and immunities for members of bodies constituted under the Kyoto Protocol, and national communications. On Thursday evening, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG) met to begin informal consultations, and contact groups convened on deforestation and adaptation.

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Subsidiary Body for Implementation:

Above photos: SBI Chair Thomas Becker; view of the packed SBI session.

Above photos L-R: On capacity building a delegate from JAPAN said the monitoring process should be streamlined. Feng Gao, Deputy Executive Secretary of the SBI and the AWG.
Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice:

Above photo L-R: SBSTA Chair Kishan Kumarsingh ( Trinidad and Tobago ) (center) opened SBSTA 24, presenting the provisional agenda for adoption. 

On the Adoption of the Agenda, the US objected to the inclusion of the Mauritius Strategy under agenda item 12a on Cooperation with Relevant International Organizations. On Deforestation, many parties commented on the importance and multiple benefits of reducing emissions from deforestation, with Papua New Guinea and others emphasizing the need for positive incentives. 

Above photos L-R: Christo Artusio (US); Robert G. Aisi and Kevin Mark Conrad (Papua New Guinea)

Above photos L-R: Thelma Krug, IPCC, presented the IPCC 2006 Guidelines. Enele Sopoaga and Ian Fry (Tuvalu) , for AOSIS, stressed the complexity of deforestation.

On Technology Transfer, William Agyemang-Bonsu, Ghana, speaking for the G-77/China (above left), underscored adaptation technologies and South-South cooperation, and suggested technology needs assessments be made available to SBI. On the IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National GHG inventories, International Hydropower Association urged careful consideration of the section on flooded lands. 

Above photos L-R: Delegates from Ghana; Richard Taylor (International Hydropower Association) and Kirsten Macey (Climate Action Network Europe).

Contact Group:

Above photos L-R: Contact Group on Reducing emissions from deforestation co-chaired by Audun Rosland (Norway) and Hernán Carlino (Argentina); view of the contact group session on deforestation.

Informals: AWG

Above photos L-R: Michael Zammit Cutajar, AWG Chair, and Henning Wüster (UNFCCC); view of the informal session on AWG 

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