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Delegates Discuss Post-2012 Commitments in Nairobi

On Tuesday, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG) convened throughout the day for an in-session workshop focused on the scientific basis for further commitments, and on emission trends and experiences in combating climate change. In addition, SBSTA convened in the morning to consider emissions from deforestation in developing countries, research and systematic observation, methodological issues under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, and various other matters. SBI met in the afternoon to take up issues relating to the UNFCCC's financial mechanism, education and public awareness, capacity building, and the adverse impacts of climate change and response measures (UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9)

Above: Participants in the AWG in-session workshop.


Tuesday, 7 November
AWG


Bert Metz, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), reviewed scenarios set out in the Panel's Third Assessment Report, highlighting delays in effecting stabilization of greenhouse concentrations, the contribution of sustainable development to emissions baselines, and the cost of achieving stabilization.

Artur Runge-Metzger, European Commission, described the EU's agreed policy of aiming to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, based on a stabilization of concentrations at 450 ppm.

Harald Dovland, Environment Ministry of Norway, highlighted recommendations from the Norwegian Commission on Low Emissions.

Mutsuyoshi Nishimura, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, urged "fairness and equity on burden sharing" among countries if the process is not to collapse.

José Domingos Gonzalez Miguez, Brazil's Ministry of Science and Technology, presented the Brazilian proposal emphasizing historical responsibility and shifting the focus from emissions to temperature increase.

Sergey Kononov, UNFCCC Secretariat, noted increasing emissions for Annex I parties, highlighted the relevance of LULUCF for some parties' emissions profiles, and underscored the high growth rate for emissions in transport.

Alf Wills, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa, underlined the significance of using cumulative emissions data as the basis for an equitable approach to determining future commitments and providing space for developing countries to achieve their sustainable development goals.

Adrian Macey, New Zealand, said almost fifty percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand come from agriculture.

Hayden Montgomery, New Zealand, noted that mitigation options for methane and nitrous oxide emissions are limited, and called for increased international research efforts.
SBSTA

Right: Lucy Mulenkei, International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change, supported Tuvalu's proposal to include indigenous peoples' views in future meetings and submissions. Far right: Faizal Parish, Global Environment Centre, pointed to the role of peatlands in the carbon cycle.

SBI

Chair Becker referred the issue of the need to fully operationalize the SCCF to informal consultations.

Richard Hosier presented the report of the GEF, highlighting climate change as the fourth replenishment's highest-ever allocation.

Switzerland said the GEF is performing effectively and welcomed its fourth replenishment.
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UNFCCC Spokesperson John Hay, UNFCCC Executive Director Yvo de Boer and SBSTA coordinator Halldor Thorgeirsson answered questions from the media at the daily press briefing.
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Eamon Ryan, Green Party member of the Irish parliament. He is also the party's all-Ireland spokesperson on energy.

Jake Torrie, Canada, and Laura Caniot, France, showcased youth action both at local and global levels at the Climate Change Kiosk.

Participants watched presentations at the Climate Change Kiosk.

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