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UN Climate Change Conference October 2011

UN Climate Change Conference October 2011

Summary of the Meeting

 

Delegates stood for a moment of silence for Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai during the closing AWG-LCA plenary
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Highlights from Friday, 7 October

The UN Climate Change Conference concluded on Friday. Informal groups under the AWG-LCA concluded their work in the morning. The AWG-LCA and AWG-KP contact groups then convened to conclude thier work. In the afternoon, the closing plenary of the AWG-KP met, followed by the closing plenary of the AWG-LCA, which adjourned at 6:33 pm. AWG-LCA 14 and AWG-KP 16 were suspended and will resume their work in Durban.

ENB web coverage for Friday, 7 October

A view of the dais during the AWG-KP plenary
 
AWG-LCA Chair Dan Reifsnyder Executive Secretary Figueres
 
A view of the dais during the AWG-LCA plenary
Kenya intervenes to express appreciation for the tribute to Wangari Maathai
 
Jonathan Pershing, US, and Harald Winkler, South Africa
 
Tomasz Chruszczow, EU (left), Artur Runge-Metzger, EU (center)

Highlights from Thursday 6 October

The UN Climate Change Conference continued on Thursday in Panama City. Informal and spin-off groups convened throughout the day under the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP. Under the AWG-LCA informal groups took place on developed country mitigation, developing country NAMAs, the Review, legal options, adaptation, finance, and technology transfer. Under the AWG-KP, spin-off groups convened on Annex I emission reductions, mechanisms and LULUCF.

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Selwin Hart, Barbados, consulting with members of the G-77/China on finance
G-77/China delegates consulting on developing country mitigation
Ansarul Karim, Co-Facilitator (Bangladesh), and Burhan Gafoor, Vice-Chair (Singapore)

Co-Facilitator Jose Alberto Garibaldi (center left) and William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, UNFCCC Secretariat (center right) speaking with delegates during the informal group on developing country mitigation

 
Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC Secretariat, Kishan Kumarsingh, facilitator of the informal group on adaptation, and Annett Möhner, UNFCCC Secretariat

Highlights from Wednesday, 5 October

The UN Climate Change Conference continued on Wednesday. In the morning the AWG-LCA contact group convened. The AWG-KP contact group on consideration of further commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol met in the afternoon. Informal and spin-off groups convened throughout the day under the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP.

Under the AWG-LCA informal groups took place on developed country mitigation, developing country NAMAs, the Review, legal options, adaptation, various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, finance, sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions and technology transfer. Under the AWG-KP spin-off groups convened on Annex I emission reductions, LULUCF, the basket of methodological issues and potential consequences.

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Jeff Klein, US (center), speaking with members of the G-77/China after the informal group on legal options
Su Wei, China

 

 
Delegates were busy throughout the day negotiating text in informal groups
A view of the dais during the open-ended consultation with Ambassador Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, on behalf of the incoming President of COP 17/CMP 7
A view of the room during a meeting of the informal group on finance
Leon Charles, Grenada (center), co-facilitator of the spin-off group on amendments/numbers

Highlights from Tuesday, 4 October

The UN Climate Change Conference AWG-KP continued on Tuesday. In the morning, the contact group on Annex I parties’ on further commitments convened under the AWG-KP. Informal and spin-off groups convened throughout the day under the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP. Under the AWG-LCA, informal groups took place on developed country mitigation, developing country NAMAs, the Review, REDD+, legal options, capacity-building, finance, adaptation, shared vision and technology transfer. Under the AWG-KP, spin-off groups convened on Annex I emission reductions, LULUCF, other issues and potential consequences. South Africa, in their role as the incoming COP presidency of COP 17, conducted an open-ended informal consultation for stakeholders in the afternoon.

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María del Socorro Flores, Mexico, Facilitator of the informal group on legal options, consulting with Franz Perrez, Switzerland, and members of the Secretariat
Abdullah Tawlah, Saudi Arabia (center), in the AWG-KP spin-off group on potential consequences
Gadir Lavadenz, Boliva, intervening during the morning AWG-KP contact group
 
EU delegates consulting during the AWG-LCA informal group on technology
AWG-LCA Vice-Chair Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, Zimbabwe, and Florian Vladu, UNFCCC Secretariat, during the AWG-LCA informal group on review
Participants in the informal group on legal options
 
A view of the room during the informal group on legal options

Highlights from Monday, 3 October

The UN Climate Change Conference continued on Monday morning with a meeting of the AWG-LCA contact group to provide progress reports. The AWG-KP spin-off group on Annex I emission reductions also took place. Several AWG-LCA informal groups convened in both the morning and afternoon on: finance; various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation; and sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions. In the afternoon, AWG-LCA informal groups also met to discuss response measures, REDD+, developed country mitigation and developing country NAMAs. AWG-KP spin-off groups on LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms convened, as well. The UNFCCC Secretariat convened a special information event on fast-start finance during lunch.

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Signing of the Host Country Agreement for COP 17/CMP 7 between COP 17/CMP 7 President-Designate Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
Bernaditas Muller, the Philippines, and Tewolde Egziabher, Ethiopia, during the informal group on finance
Delegates from Switzerland, Norway and Japan
 
A view of the dais during the morning session of the informal group on finance: Co-Facilitators Georg Børsting, Norway (2nd from left), and Suzanty Sitorus, Indonesia (2nd from right)
 
A view of the dais during the AWG-KP spin-off group on mechanisms: Co-Facilitators El Hadji Mbaye Diagne, Senegal (left), and Pedro Barata (Portugal) (2nd from left)

Highlights from Sunday, 2 October

The UN Climate Change Conference continued on Monday morning with a meeting of the AWG-LCA contact group to provide progress reports. The AWG-KP spin-off group on Annex I emission reductions also took place. Several AWG-LCA informal groups convened in both the morning and afternoon on: finance; various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation; and sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions. In the afternoon, AWG-LCA informal groups also met to discuss response measures, REDD+, developed country mitigation and developing country NAMAs. AWG-KP spin-off groups on LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms convened, as well. The UNFCCC Secretariat convened a special information event on fast-start finance during lunch.

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A view of the dais during the developed country mitigation informal group with Co-Faciliator José Alberto Garibaldi (2nd from left)
Jukka Uosukainen, Finland, facilitated the in-depth discussions on delivery of capacity-building support through institutions and initiatives under the Convention
Ambassador Jorge Argüello, Argentina, and Mohammad Al Sabban, Saudi Arabia
Jim Penman, EU, during the spin-off group on LULUCF
 
LULUCF spin-off group: Co-Facilitators Marcelo Rocha, Brazil, and Peter Iversen, Denmark, and María Sanz Sánchez, María Gutiérrez, and Dirk Nemitz, UNFCCC Secretariat
Climate Action Network intervenes during the informal group on developed country mitigation
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres makes an opening statement
 

Highlights from Saturday, 1 October

The sixteenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) and the fourteenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC (AWG-LCA 14) resumed for the third time this year today in Panama City, Panama. The UN Climate Change Conference opened with a welcoming ceremony. In the morning, the opening plenaries of the third parts of the AWG-KP and the AWG-LCA took place. In the afternoon, the AWG-LCA contact group of the whole and the AWG-KP contact group on Annex I parties’ further commitments also convened.

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A view of the dais during welcoming address by Roberto C. Henriquez, Foreign Minister of Panama
Panamanian Environment Minister Lucia Chandeck and AWG-KP Chair Adrian Macey
Dessima Williams, Grenada, on behalf of AOSIS
 
A view of the dais during the opening plenary of the AWG-LCA
Ambassador Jorge Arguello, Argentina, speaking for the G-77/China
Artur Runge Metzger, European Union, intervening in the AWG-KP contact group
Claudia Salerno Caldera, Venezuela, intervening in the AWG-KP contact group
 
Related Links
UNFCCC resources
*Conference website
*Conference documents
*Overview schedule
*AWG-LCA 14 revised agenda
*AWG-LCA scenario note
*AWG-LCA 14 documents
*AWG-KP agenda
*AWG-KP Chair’s scenario note
*AWG-KP documents
*Report from the AWG-KP in Cancún - revised proposal by the Chair
*Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol on its Fifteenth Session, held in Cancún from 29 November to 10 December 2010
*Meetings archive

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