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Accra Climate Change Talks
21-27 August 2008
Accra, Ghana

Highlights from Thursday, 21 August

The third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 3) and the first part of the sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 6) opened in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday morning, with a welcoming ceremony and the opening plenary of AWG-KP. In the afternoon delegates convened in the AWG-LCA opening plenary, an in-session workshop on cooperative sectoral approaches, and a contact group on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). Photo: His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, addresses delegates during the opening ceremony.
   

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Opening ceremony
 
 
Drummers and dancers welcome delegates before the convening of the morning session
 
 
Delegates observe a moment of silence for the late Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa
 
   
Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary (left), called for closer attention to Africa's constraints in addressing climate change and informed delegates that funding had been increased to enhance participation of developing countries in climate change negotiations. Connie Hedegaard, Minister of Climate and Energy, Denmark (right), called on delegates to establish a mid-term target for emission reductions in addition to ambitious targets to halve emissions by 2050, and urged for concrete results on the flexible mechanisms and forestry.
 
 
 
 
Photos from the VIP lounge prior to the convening of the opening ceremony
 
 
 
 
 
AWG-KP
 
 
UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley, AWG-KP Chair Harald Dovland, and Olga Pilifosova, UNFCCC Secretariat
 
 
John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda, speaking for the G-77/China (left photo), stressed the importance of limiting discussions to issues related to further quantified commitments for Annex I countries.
 
 
Kamel Djemouai, Algeria, for the African Group (left photo), called for improved rules and methodologies ensuring equitable geographic distribution of CDM projects, and said that LULUCF issues are a high priority. Robert Owen-Jones, Australia, for the Umbrella Group (right photo), noted the relevance of other UNFCCC processes and agenda items.
 
AWG-LCA: Workshop on Sectoral Approaches
 
 
 
Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat, and AWG-LCA Chair Luiz Machado, Brazil
 
 
India (left) noted that discussion on sectoral approaches should not lead to debates on targets and benchmarks for developing countries. China (right), during their presentation, suggested analyzing the sectoral context in each country, developing strategies and guidance for priority sectors, identifying major needs for environmentally sound technologies and enabling policy instruments. 
 
 
Indonesia (left photo), suggested focusing discussions on further clarification of cooperative sectoral approaches and their mechanisms, their introduction to the global market and how they can be combined with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and the concept of measuring, reporting and verifying. Maas Goote, speaking for the EU (right), differentiated between sectoral approaches in the context of technology and policy cooperation and those that utilize carbon markets such as emissions trading on a sectoral basis.
Press conference
 
 
Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment, Ghana, and Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, during a press briefing
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
 

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