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Climate Change Policy & Practice
UN Climate Change Conference Bangkok - April 2011

3-8 April 2011 | UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
 
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Friday, 08 April 2011

On Friday, 8 April, an AWG-KP contact group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties met to continue discussions on whether to proceed with either political or technical issues first. The AWG-LCA informal drafting group continued their discussions throughout the morning and afternoon to resolve the impasse on the AWG-LCA agenda.

In the afternoon, an AWG-KP Stocktaking Plenary was convened and parties were invited to address political issues and the way to proceed. While disagreement persists on whether to address political or technical issues first, the utility of further discussions in a contact group of the whole was recognized. The Stocktaking Plenary adjourned at 5:06 pm. AWG-KP 16 will reconvene in Bonn, Germany, in June.

In the evening, an AWG-LCA Stocktaking Plenary convened and, following the successful conclusion of the AWG-LCA informal drafting group, the AWG-LCA adopted an agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/L.1) at 8:06 pm. Following closing statements by parties, the AWG-LCA Stocktaking Plenary adjourned at 9:34 pm. The fourteenth session of the AWG-LCA will resume in Bonn, Germany, in June.

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Delegates from Africa consulting before heading to the G-77/China coordination meeting.


 
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L-R: The dais at this morning AWG-KP session with Henning Wuester, UNFCCC; AWG-KP Chair Adrian Macey, New Zealand; Karen Smith, UNFCCC; and AWG-KP Vice-Chair Madelaine Rose Diouf Sarr, Senegal.

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AWG-LCA Chair Daniel Reifsnyder convened AWG-LCA closing plenary.

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Heung-Kyeong Park, Republic of Korea

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József Feiler, EU

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Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Naderev Saño, the Philippines

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Sangchan Limjirakan, Thailand

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AWG-LCA Chair Daniel Reifsnyder gavelled the meeting a close at 9:34pm.

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Thursday, 07 April 2011

On Thursday, 7 April, informal consultations continued throughout the day on the agenda of the AWG-LCA and a contact group convened under the AWG-KP on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties. The consultations and bilateral meetings under the AWG-LCA focused on whether to proceed on the basis of the agenda proposed by either the G-77/China or the AWG-LCA Chair or some combination of the two. At 6:30 pm the AWG-LCA convened in an open ended informal plenary to find a way forward on the agenda. At 6:37 pm, following a proposal by a party, the session was adjourned and an informal drafting group, opened to all parties, was convened.

Discussions during the AWG-KP contact group proceeded on the basis of papers produced by the Chairs containing questions posed by parties, questions posed by the AWG-KP Chair to facilitate discussion and an overview of ideas from the discussions in the first meeting of the contact group. Debate focused on whether to proceed with either political or technical issues first.

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L-R: Maria Gutierrez and Socorro Manguiat, UNFCCC Secretariat

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L-R: Jane Wilkinson and Tamara Curll, Australia

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L-R: Li Lin Lim and Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network

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Delegates from AOSIS consulting.

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Wednesday, 06 April 2011

On Wednesday, 6 April, the AWG-KP met in a contact group throughout the morning to discuss how to organize their work, no agreement was reached on whether to form spin-off groups and informal consultations will continue. In the afternoon the AWG-LCA met in informal consultations to discuss their agenda, no agreement was reached and informal consultations will continue.

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Ian Fry, Tuvalu

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Andrea García-Guerrero, Colombia

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Huikang Huang, China

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Mesbah Ul Ulam, Bangladesh

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Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation

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Mootaz Khalil, Egypt in informal consultation with Nadarev Saño, the Philippines

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Tuesday, 05 April 2011

The Expert Workshop on the Technology Mechanism was concluded on Tuesday morning, with discussions on the linkages within the Technology Mechanism and with other institutional arrangements.

On Tuesday afternoon the opening plenaries of the fourteenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperation under the Convention and the sixteenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties Under the Kyoto Protocol took place, with discussions focused on the organization of work for the coming year. During the opening ceremony, Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, welcomed participants to Bangkok. A minute of silence was observed to mark the tragedies in Japan and Thailand.

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H.E. Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources, Thailand

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres

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UN ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer

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H.E. Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources, Thailand, delivered his opening statement during the welcoming ceremony of the AWG-KP.

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Protesting climate finance outside the climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand

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Monday, 04 April 2011

On Monday, 4 April, parties convened throughout the day in two workshops. The pre-sessional workshop to understand the diversity of mitigation actions submitted, underlying assumptions, and any support needed for implementation of these actions, noting different national circumstances and respective capabilites of developing country parties provided to forum for developing country parties to present their nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and respond to questions. The Expert Workshop on the Technology Mechanism discussed the governance structure and terms of reference and the selection process and evaluation criteria for the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). In the evening a reception for delegates was hosted by the Thai Royal Government at UN ESCAP Headquarters.

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L-R: Haldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC; AWG-LCA Chair Daniel Reifsnyder and Jukka Uosokainen, Finland.

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Yaw Oppong Boadi, Ghana

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Girish Sant, India

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Chan-woo Kim, Republic of Korea

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Buddhist temple near UN ESCAP Bangkok, Thailand

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Sunday, 03 April 2011

On Sunday, 3 April 2011, a pre-sessional workshop on assumptions and conditions related to the attainment of quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed country parties convened in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was organized into four sessions, each with formal presentations by parties followed by question and answer periods. The workshop concluded with a discussion on targets, assumptions and conditions, as well as the way forward. A number of parties presented on, and clarified questions related to, the assumptions and conditions underlying their emission reductions pledges.

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L-R: Jonathan Pershing, US; Andre Odenbreit, Brazil, for the G-77/China; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Co-Chair Maas Goote, the Netherlands; Co-Chair Richard Muyungi, Tanzania; Sergey Kononov, UNFCCC; Paul Watkinson, France; Artur Runge-Metzger, EU; and Audun Rosland, Norway.

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Bernarditas Muller, the Philippines

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Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egzhiaber, Ethiopia

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L-R: Fortunate Magoro and Pulane Lodi manning the COP 17 Durban, South Africa information booth.

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