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

Highlights from Thursday, 4 December

On Thursday, the AWG-KP met to discuss various agenda items and the COP/MOP took up the review of the Protocol under Article 9 and the report of the Compliance Committee. The AWG-LCA held a workshop on risk management and risk reduction strategies. Contact groups and informal consultations were held on the AWG-KP, technology transfer, spillover effects, the CDM, mitigation, carbon capture and storage (CCS), the Compliance Committee, REDD, financial mechanisms, the Adaptation Fund Board, and Protocol Articles 2.3 and 3.14 (adverse effects). Above photo: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer takes a ride in the SolarTaxi, driven by Louis Palmer, which has just completed a world record journey after 17 months. (photo courtesy of Toshiya Kaba) (see below for more photos)

FOREST DAY DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE DAYS BUSINESS DAY
 

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

 
AWG-LCA: Workshop on risk management and risk reduction strategies
 
 
Roberto Acosta, SBSTA Coordinator, Workshop Chair Leon Charles, Grenada, and Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC.
 
 

Julio Garcia Vargas, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (left), discussed national planning for adaptation, sector-specific risk reduction plans, and risk assessments. Koko Warner, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (right), proposed focusing on prevention and insurance, including climate insurance pools and support for micro- and macro-insurance systems. She estimated the cost of these initiatives to be US$10 billion.

 
 

Jose Romero, Switzerland (left), focused on national examples of risk management relating to a flood protection strategy, and the agriculture and forestry sectors. Liu Hongbin, China (right), said effective disaster response requires, inter alia: capacity building; infrastructure development, monitoring and early warning systems; international and regional cooperation; and insurance instruments.

 
 
MJ Mace, Micronesia, for AOSIS, proposed a new multi-window mechanism to address loss and damage from climate change impacts.
 
AWG-KP
 
 
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley, AWG-KP Chair Harald Dovland, and Claudio Forner, UNFCCC Secretariat
 
 
AWG-KP Chair Harald Dovland (left).
 
Delegates from Japan and Canada intervening in the AWG-KP on the various agenda items.  
 
 
Climate Action Network (right) said that global emissions must peak and begin declining within ten years.
 
COP/MOP
 
 
COP President Maciej Nowicki (left) presided over the COP/MOP plenary. Sebastian Oberthür, Chair of the Compliance Committee's Enforcement Branch (right), reported on the Committee's activities in 2008, including the resolution of two questions of implementation concerning Canada and Greece.
 
   
AWG-LCA Contact group on mitigation and means of implementation
 
AWG-LCA Vice-Chair Michael Zammit Cutajar chaired the contact group.
 
 
COP/MOP Conact Group: Adaptation Fund Board
 
 
Annette Moehner, UNFCCC Secretariat, and Co-Chairs Surya Sethi, India, and Karsten Sach, Germany
 
 
Bernaditas Muller, the Phillipines, who speaks for the G-77/China in this contact group, and Philip Weech, the Bahamas, consulting (right photo).
 
SolarTaxi
The SolarTaxi made a historic 17 month journey around the world.
 
 
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer with Louis Palmer, driver of the SolarTaxi (above photos courtesy of Toshiya Kaba)
 
 
Who wants to be a trillionaire?
Youth present the "Who Wants to be a Trillionaire" game show to parody governments' indication that the global economic crisis will mean a sluggish response to climate change.
 
 
Miscellaneous photos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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