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CMS 26th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies
Bonn, Germany | 7-18 May 2007
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AWG 3 Opens with Mitigation Focus

On Monday, the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG) began. The AWG spent most of the day in a round-table discussion on the mitigation potentials of policies, measures and technologies. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations under the SBSTA and SBI continued on a variety of issues, including: the Adaptation Fund; deforestation; Decision 1/CP.10 (Buenos Aires programme of work on adaptation and response measures); IPCC guidelines for national greenhouses gas inventories; research and systematic observation; small-scale afforestation and reforestation CDM project activities; and technology transfer.


Monday, 14 May
AWG Meeting

AWG Chair Leon Charles, Grenada, identified the need to bridge traditional divides and work in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

Switzerland, for the Environmental Integrity Group, called for mitigation efforts that take into account national circumstances.

Alf Wills, South Africa for the G-77/China, called for "deep and ambitious" commitments from Annex I parties.
AWG round-table discussion on mitigation potentials, measures and technologies.

The round-table discussion on mitigation potentials of policies, measures and technologies was held during the morning and afternoon sessions.

AWG Vice-Chair Outi Berghäll, Finland.

Artur Runge-Metzger, European Commission, noted the EU's commitment to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020.

Arne Mogren, Vattenfall AB, underscored clear carbon price and policies that promote trust among market players.

Fareed Al-Asaly, Saudi Arabia, highlighted the economic consequences of energy policy choices by Annex I parties on fuel exporting nations.

Markus Amann, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, outlined synergies between greenhouse gas and air pollution control in Europe.

Hugi Ólafsson, Iceland, outlined his country's successful energy shift from coal to renewables.

Louis Verchot, World Agroforestry Center, identified several mitigation opportunities, such as reducing deforestation and the use of fertilizers.

Nicole Wilke, Germany for the EU, gave an overview of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which she said is a major player in the global carbon market.

Harry Clark, New Zealand, outlined opportunities for and barriers to mitigating emissions from grazing animals in the short, medium and long term.
Contact Groups

Jukka Uosukainen, Finland, and Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, co-chaired the contact group on the Adaptation Fund.

Thelma Krug, Brazil, and Satoshi Akahori, Japan, co-chaired the contact group on implications of possible changes to the limit for small-scale afforestation and reforestation CDM activities.
Around the Subsidiary Bodies

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer chatted with participants over coffee.

GEF representatives in the contact group on the Adaptation Fund.

Delegates from Canada and the EU consulted during the Adaptation Fund contact group.

Delegates huddled during the contact group on research and systematic observation.

Harald Winkler, South Africa, chatted with Ambassador Mutsuyoshi Nishimura, Japan.

SBI Chair Bagher Asadi, Iran, chatted with Jamil Ahmad, Pakistan.

Delegates chatted after informals on deforestation.

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