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28th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies and Sessions of the AWGs

2-13 June 2008
Bonn, Germany

Highlights from Tuesday, 3 June

On Tuesday, the AWG-LCA convened workshops on advancing adaptation through finance and technology, and on financial and other incentives for technology transfer. The AWG-KP considered agenda items on means to reach emission reduction targets and on methodological issues, with two contact groups meeting in the afternoon to discuss the flexible mechanisms and LULUCF. Photo: Roberto Acosta, UNFCCC Secretariat, with AWG Chair Luis Machado

 

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Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties Under the Kyoto Protocol
 
 
On aviation and maritime emissions, Artur Runge-Metzger, EU (left), noted strong support to address this under the UNFCCC.
 
 
On aviation and maritime emissions, Mohammed Al Sabban, Saudi Arabia (left), highlighted differences of opinion on sectoral approaches, aviation and maritime emissions, biofuels and nuclear power. Jane Hupe, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) (center), described ICAO's programme of action on aviation greenhouse gas emissions, scheduled for completion in 2009. Kuwait (right) said said discussions on aviation and maritime emissions raise serious methodological, technical and legal concerns.
 
 

On LULUCF, Brazil (left) said
LULUCF rules should be improved but not fundamentally changed. Sandea de Wet, South Africa, speaking for the G-77/China (center), noted the wide range of proposals on means to achieve Annex I commitments for the second commitment period, but said some proposals go beyond the legal mandate for this working group. Dessalegne Mesfin, Ethiopia (right), noted renewed interest in unequitable geographic distribution of CDM projects.
 
 
Evind Vagslid, International Maritime Organization (IMO)(left), described IMO's work plan on a binding instrument for all ships by 2009 and emphasized the importance of flag-neutrality in emissions treatment. Bill Hare, Climate Action Network (center), proposed that Annex I parties auction a fraction of their emissions allowances for the second commitment period in order to raise funds for, inter alia, adaptation. James Wolf, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (right), stressed that private sector involvement can speed delivery of existing technologies.
 
   

Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action: Workshop on advancing adaptation through finance and technology, including national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs)

 
 
 
South Africa advocated a holistic and coherent approach to adaptation, which could inform avoidance and insurance systems, and be used for capacity building.
 
 

Shira Yoffe, US (left), advocated a holistic and coherent approach to adaptation, which could inform avoidance and insurance systems, and be used for capacity building. China (right) proposed establishing a climate change adaptation committee under the Convention to assist work on adaptation, focused on developing countries.

 
Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action: Workshop on Technology Transfer
 
 
Roberto Acosta, UNFCCC Secretariat, AWG-LCA Chair Luis Machado, ?? Helen Plume, SBSTA Chair, and Bagher Asadi, SBI Chair
 
 
SBI Chair Bagher Asadi highlighted linkages between work on technology transfer under the SBI and the work under the AWG-LCA, and underscored COP decision 4/CP.13 requesting the GEF to elaborate a strategic programme on technology transfer.
 
 

Arthur Rolle, Bahamas, for AOSIS (left), suggested a register, based on Annex I submissions, of available technologies and how developing countries can utilize them. He also suggested an international fund to fast-track renewable energy technology development.
Elmer Holt, US (right), identified supportive actions that can be taken by the UNFCCC, including research, development and deployment, and capacity building. He urged a shift from a donor-based paradigm to a self-sustained process based on enabling environments and private capital flows.

 
 

William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu. Ghana (left), suggested creating a technology board, with panels for different sectors. He supported the MTAF proposal and the use of credits and rewards as incentives for technology transfer.
Brazil (center) suggested creating an institutional mechanism on technology development and transfer, including special financial instruments under the UNFCCC.

The EU (right) noted the need to consider, inter alia, access to information, institutional arrangements, a transparent process, sound national policies, a shift to clean energy investment, new sources of financing, and actors.

 
Contact Group: AWG-KP LULUCF
 

 

This group was co-chaired by Marcelo Rocha, Brazil, and Bryan Smith, New Zealand. Discussion centered on how to structure the group's discussions.
 
 
Contact Group: AWG-KP Mechanisms
 
 
Contact Group Chair Christiana Figueres Olsen, Costa Rica (center), clarified that the group's task was to compile ideas on mechanisms as a means to reach Annex I further commitments
 
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