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Bonn Climate Change Talks - August 2009

10-14 August 2009 | Bonn, Germany
SUMMARY OF THE MEETING

On Friday afternoon, AWG-KP closing meeting convened. AWG-KP Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) invited summaries from the facilitators of the informal subgroups on Annex I parties' emissions reductions beyond 2012, potential consequences, and other issues, including land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) and the flexibility mechanisms. Chair Ashe explained that he would revise the documentation prepared for the informal session based on the non-papers reflecting the week's discussions. Closing the meeting, he underscored that “we will have to work twice as hard in Bangkok in six weeks.”
The AWG-LCA convened its closing plenary on Friday afternoon.  Chairs Zammit-Cutijar and Marcado reported on progress made under the AWG-LCA and the way forward.  Chair Zammit-Cutijar explained that work conducted in the informal groups would be harmonized and captured as a collection of “tools and ideas” in a revised document to facilitate negotiations in Bangkok on the revised negotiating text


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The AWG-LCA closed at 6:57pm, with 114 days remaining to COP-15 in Copenhagen.
 
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Throughout Thursday, several informal groups under the AWG-LCA and the AWG-KP met to discuss issues, including finance, adaptation, mitigation, technology and capacity building, Annex I parties’ emission reductions, the flexibility mechanisms and potential consequences.

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Participants during the session.
Stephanie Lee, New Zealand, said that using actual emissions as a starting point more accurately reflects the costs countries face in meeting targets and avoids locking in current inequities.
New Zealand's presentation on the effect of starting points on QELROs.
Katia Simeonova, UNFCCC Secretariat, led delegates in a technical exercise on assigned amounts and translation of commitments into QELROs.
In the afternoon, the AWG-LCA convened a mid-week stocktaking meeting. Throughout Wednesday, several informal groups under the AWG-LCA and the AWG-KP met to discuss issues including adaptation, shared vision, mitigation, Annex I parties’ emission reductions, LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms.

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Halldor Thorgeirsson, Secretariat, and AWG-LCA Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar consult during the informal session on shared vision.
Adrian Macey, New Zealand, explained that NAMA trading would be voluntary and units would be issued upfront and reconciled at the end of the period.
André Odenbreit Carvalho, Brazil, stressed environmental integrity, opposed relaxing supplementarity and warned against deferring difficult methodological decisions until after the political decision to create a mechanism.
Freddy Manyika, Tanzania, for the LDCs, said the proposals were inconsistent with the Convention and the BAP and did not consider the needs of LDCs.
Throughout Tuesday, several informal groups under the AWG-LCA and the AWG-KP met to discuss issues including technology and capacity building, finance, mitigation, Annex I parties’ emission reductions, potential consequences, LULUCF and flexibility mechanisms.

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Thelma Krug, Brazil
The facilitators of the session consult with the Secretariat. L-R: Bryan Smith (New Zealand), Marcelo Rocha (Brazil), Maria José Sanz (Secretariat).
Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation
Giannina Santiago, Colombia
Paul Watkinson, EU, called for more precision on technology and capacity building.
Rezaul Karim, Bangladesh, suggested prioritizing items that can be fast-tracked.

The intersessional informal consultations of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Protocol (AWG-KP) began on Monday. In the morning, both AWGs held their opening meetings. In the afternoon, informal groups met to consider technology, Annex I parties’ emission reductions and the flexibility mechanisms.

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AWG-KP Chair John Ashe opened the informal session.
The session was chaired by vice-chair of the AWG-KP Harald Dovland (Norway).
Abdullah Khalid Tawlah, Saudi Arabia
Qian Guoqiang, China, stressed that the purpose of the documents was to facilitate negotiations.
Artur Runge-Metzger, Sweden
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Documentation to facilitate negotiations among Parties. Note by the Chair. Addendum. Draft decisions on other issues identified in paragraph 49 (c) of document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8.

Documentation to facilitate negotiations among Parties. Note by the Chair. Addendum. A compilation of proposals by Parties for aggregate and individual figures for Annex I Parties.
Further views and proposals relating to a proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9, and a text on other issues outlined in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8
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