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Poznan Climate Change Conference
1-12 December 2008
Poznan, Poland

Highlights from Wednesday, 3 December

 

On Wednesday, the COP/MOP resumed initial consideration of its agenda and the AWG-LCA concluded the workshop on a shared vision. The AWG-KP held a workshop on mitigation potentials and SBI Chair Asadi convened a round table on adverse effects and response measures. Contact groups were held on technology transfer, non-Annex I communications, REDD, the Nairobi Work Programme, the financial mechanism, decision 1/CP.10 (adaptation and response measures), and the second review of the Protocol under Article 9. Photo: A view of the dais during the morning's COP/MOP plenary.

 

6 December - 9 December - 10 December -11 December - 12 December

FOREST DAY DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE DAYS BUSINESS DAY
 
CMP
 
 
John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, UNFCCC, Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, COP 14 President Maciej Nowicki, Polish Environment Minister, and Abiodun Bashua, Secretary of the COP.
 
 

CDM Executive Board Chair Rajesh Kumar Sethi, India (left), presented the Board's annual report. Turkey during the CMP plenary.

 
 

Adaptation Fund Board Chair Richard Muyungi, Tanzania (left) presented the Board's report. Bangladesh (right) asked for clarification on how "special attention" would be given to LDCs and African developing countries under the Adaptation Fund.

 
 
AWG-LCA: Workshop on a shared vision
 
 
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC, and AWG-LCA Chair Luiz Machado (left photo). The US said a shared vision should be optimistic, pragmatic and reflect evolving scientific and economic realities.
 
 
Bernaditas Muller, G-77/China (left), said a shared vision must meet all the commitments that parties have agreed to under the Convention. Halldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC, and AWG-LCA Chair Luiz Machado (right).
 
 
AWG-KP Workshop on Mitgation Potential
 
 
Ian Fry, Tuvalu, for AOSIS (second from right), urged factoring in the costs of inaction as well as action, and said Annex I parties should focus on domestic emission reductions. He proposed not expanding LULUCF under the CDM, 1990 remain as the base year to ensure comparability, and the second commitment period should run from 2013-2017.
 
 
Claudio Forner, UNFCCC Secretariat (left), presented the updated technical paper on mitigation potoentials. Artur Runge-Metzger, EU (right), warned that reduction goals could be weakened depending on the rules adopted for LULUCF, carbon credits and bunker fuels. He proposed capability, potential, responsibility and national circumstances as principles for comparability of efforts.
 
 

Former IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair Bert Metz (left photo) showed how assumptions about emission reductions by Annex I countries affect action by non-Annex I countries for different stabilization scenarios. He explained that 25-40% reductions from Annex I by 2020 would mean a 15-30% deviation from the baseline for non-Annex I parties to achieve 450 ppm, and 0-20% deviation for 550 ppm. Barbara Buchner, IEA (right photo), said the reference scenario without new policies is unsustainable and would lead to 750 ppm and a 6ºC temperature rise. She identified the need for “an enormous energy transformation” involving changes in all regions and sectors.

 
 
The Polish delegation (left photo). Participants sit where they can find a seat in the packed meeting room, often on the floor (right photo).
 
SBI Roundtable on Adverse Effects and Response Measures
 
Festus Luboyera, UNFCCC, SBI Chair Bagher Asadi, Lara Kriegsheim, UNFCCC, and Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC
 
 
REDD Contact Group
 
 
Co-chairs Audun Rosland, Norway, and Lilian Portillo, Paraguay (left photo), and a view of the contact group room.
 
Host Country Pavilion--Technologies for Climate Protection Exhibition
The government of Poland's exhibition showcases 120 of the most innovative technological devices and installations that can help combat climate change. The exhibition is organized in five thematic areas: energy saving, renewable energy sources, environmentally friendly transport and adaptation to climate change.
 
 
 
Solar powered dancing flowers!
 
 
 
 
Other activities and press conferences
 
 
Launch of the Green Finger Campaign, where COP participants are invited to paint what they would like to see happen on climate change. The event is being organized by WWF and International Youth.
 
 
Global Environment Facility press conference: Adaptation update on the Least Developed Country Fund
 
Miscellaneous photos
 
 
A poster for the Regional Environmental Center (left), a begging polar bear says he needs change, not coins (center) and the atrium outside the main plenary halls (right).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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