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UNFCCC Logo Twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention and second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri, Kenya | 6-17 November 2006
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Nairobi delegates attend AWG, SBI and Contact Groups

On Wednesday, SBI met in the morning to discuss Annex I communications, the Adaptation Fund, capacity building under the Kyoto Protocol, Protocol Article 3.14 on adverse effects and response measures, amendment of the Protocol relating to compliance, the international transaction log, and privileges and immunities for members of the Protocol's constituted bodies. The AWG convened in the afternoon to hear general statements and a summary of the previous day's in-session workshop, and to discuss future commitments and the AWG's work plan. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations took place throughout the day on issues such as the adaptation work programme, technology transfer, the financial mechanism, and response measures.

Above: AWG leadership.


Wednesday, 8 November
SBI

China, for the G-77/CHINA, expressed concern at rising Annex I greenhouse gas emissions and delays in reporting.

Japan said the GEF is best placed to manage the Adaptation Fund.

The Philippines stressed that the Fund should be accountable to the COP/MOP.
AWG

Alf Wills, South Africa, for the G-77/China, said discussions should be limited to future commitments and not linked to other Protocol articles.

Canada stressed the need to make it easier to extend the "Kyoto family."

The Russian Federation emphasized considering national circumstances when determining targets.

Renato Constantino, Climate Action Network, said discussions on further Annex I commitments should be concluded by 2008.

James Wolf, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, called for longer commitment periods.

Teobaldo Hernandez, Indigenous Peoples representative.
SBSTA Contact Group: Adaptation Five-Year Programme of Work

The contact group on the five-year programme of work on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change was co-chaired by Helen Plume, New Zealand, and Leon Charles, Grenada.
SBSTA Contact Group: Technology Transfer

The contact group on the development and transfer of technologies was co-chaired by Carlos Fuller, Belize, and Kunihiko Shimada, Japan.
SBI Contact Group: Financial Mechanism

The contact group on the financial mechanism was co-chaired by Tina Guthrie, Canada, and Osita Anaedu, Nigeria.
European Union Press Briefing

Nicole Wilke, Artur Runge-Metzger and Outi Berghäll presented information to, and answered questions from, the press.
International Emissions Trading Association Press Briefing

IETA launched its position paper, "2006 State of the CDM."
UNEP Press Conference

The United Nations Environment Programme launched its "Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign" with support from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, and in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner introduced the campaign.

Professor Wangari Maathai called for all to be involved.

Professor Maathai and Executive Director Steiner looked at a Vitex keniensis seedling, native to East Africa.
Around COP 12

UNEP staff in beige vests waited for the Billion Tree Campaign press conference to begin.

NGO delegates conferred during the AWG session.

The peatlands booth noted that burning and draining of peatlands is responsible for about ten percent of human greenhouse gas emissions.

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