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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 Tuesday, 23 May 2006


Contact groups and informal consultations continued throughout Tuesday on issues including the Adaptation Fund, arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, deforestation, privileges and immunities, and the Special Climate Change Fund. In addition, an in-session workshop was held on mitigation in relation to agriculture, forestry and rural development. In the evening, the AWG reconvened for a plenary session following informal discussions over the past few days.

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Contact Groups:


DEFORESTATION: The contact group convened for its closing session to finalize consideration of text already agreed at informal consultations held the previous day on the scope of an upcoming workshop. Parties agreed to the conclusions and decided to forward them to SBSTA for adoption.

Above photos L-R: Co-Chair Audun Rosland (Norway), Jenny Wong, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Co-Chair
Hernán Carlino (Argentina); NGOs holding up the text agreed in the Contact Group on Deforestation.


Above photos L-R: Delegates clapping at the successful conclusion of the Contact Group on Deforestation; delegates congratulating Co-chairs Rosland (Norway) and  Carlino (Argentina).


ADAPTATION FUND:  Delegates met informally in the morning and in a contact group in the afternoon to discuss a Co-Chairs’ text that compiles parties views on operation of the Fund, and to add new options to the text, but not to negotiate wording. This compilation text is intended to form the basis of negotiations at SB 25.

Above photos L-R: Daniele Violetti, UNFCCC Secretariat; Co-Chair Marcia Levaggi (Argentina); Co-Chair Karsten Sach (Germany) and Maria Netto, UNFCCC Secretariat; the Secretariat distributing new draft text in the Contact Group on the Adaptation Fund.

Above photos L-R: Delegates drafting text from the Contact Group on the Adaptation Fund; Bonnie Biagini (GEF), in discussion with a delegate. 


ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL MEETINGS:  On Tuesday evening, delegates convened in the contact group and exchanged views on draft text relating to the organization of COP 12 and COP/MOP 2, future sessional periods, review of arrangements for COP 11 and COP/MOP 1, and organization of the intergovernmental process.

Above photos L-R: Saudia Arabia consulting with Iran; Richard Kinley, Officer-In-Charge, UNFCCC Secretariat, with Co-Chairs Aloisia Wörgetter (Austria) and Sandea De Wet (South Africa). 

Ad Hoc Working Group: 

AWG: Summarizing discussions during informal consultations held over recent days, Chair Zammit Cutajar explained that the focus of the group is the establishment of further commitments by Annex I parties by amending Annex B. He indicated that other issues discussed so far have included: legal matters; a deadline for the AWG; the need for information on scientific and socioeconomic issues before establishing new targets; a "reality check" on emissions trends; a workshop in Nairobi; assessment of the Protocol’s implementation; and a work schedule. 

Above photos L-R: View of the AWG session; AWG Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar (Malta)

The EU said the Chair’s list could be useful in framing the work and identified “what” and “where” as the key procedural questions. The G-77/China and the African Group said an agreement on timetables is necessary given the time required for ratification. 

Above photos L-R: Conor O'Raghallaigh (Ireland) speaking on behalf of the EU; Alf Wills (South Africa) speaking on behalf of the G77/China.

Calling for scientific analysis, Mutsuyoshi Nishimura (Japan), stated that “a political deal will not solve the problem.”

Above photos L-R:
Mutsuyoshi Nishimura (Japan); Sergey Tulinov (Russian Federation)

Lisa Jacobson (left), representing Business Councils for Sustainable Development, urged agreement on the second commitment period no later than 2008 and a long-term framework consistent with the investment cycle, as well as using the CDM and other market mechanisms. A representative of the Business Groups (center), urged parties to pursue a long-term framework and underscored market incentives, scientific research, adaptation and technology. Jennifer Morgan (WWF), speaking for CAN International, expressed deep concern at the lack of urgency and stressed the need for an intense work programme with intersessional sessions and a deadline.

Above photos L-R: Lisa Jacobson, Business Council for Sustainable Energy; Jennifer Morgan (Climate Action Network International)

Above photos L-R: Richard Kinley Officer-In-Charge, UNFCCC Secretariat, Feng Gao, Deputy Executive for SBI, UNFCCC Secretariat, Horacio Peluffo UNFCCC Secretariat; Khalid Mohammed Abuleif and Mohammed Salem Sorour Al-Sabban (Saudi Arabia)
Workshop on Mitigation: Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development 

An in-session workshop on mitigation relating to agriculture, forestry and rural development was convened on Tuesday. SBSTA Chair Kishan Kumarsingh explained that the current workshop is the first in a series of five workshops expected to examine scientific, technical and socioeconomic aspects of mitigation for better implementation of the Convention. He noted that the workshop was framed around proposals by parties and would represent diverse perspectives from both developed and developing countries.

Above photo L-R: View of the presentations during the workshop.

Above photo L-R:  Brian C. Murray (US) reported on the economics of climate change mitigation in forestry, agriculture and land use change; Kenji Iiyama (Japan) addressed the development of greenhouse-gas sink/source control technologies through conservation and efficient management of terrestrial ecosystems; Xiongnian Yang (China) explained technology needs for promoting rural development and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in China.

Above photo L-R: Hikka Summa (European Commission) highlighted the contribution of the EU’s common agricultural policy and rural development policy in addressing climate change; Frank O'Mara (Ireland), noted the options for mitigating farm livestock greenhouse gas emissions in the EU; Gert Schultz (Denmark) emphasized biomass utilisation in the power sector.

Above photo: The dais during the workshop chaired by SBSTA Chair Kishan Kumarsingh (center).

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