SUBSIDIARY BODY ON IMPLEMENTATION: The SBI is scheduled to hold its first session in October 1995 in Geneva. The exact dates should be announced soon. The programme of work includes: consideration of the work plan; work relating to the follow-up to the review of the adequacy of Article 4.2(a) and (b); work relating to the review of national communications; and matters relating to the financial mechanism. Other sessions of the SBI before COP-2 are scheduled for February, April and July 1996.
SUBSIDIARY BODY ON SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE: The SBSTA is scheduled to hold its first session in October 1995 in Geneva. The exact dates should be announced soon. The programme of work includes: consideration of the work plan and relationships with the IPCC and other bodies; organization of the work of the intergovernmental technical advisory panels; planning for consideration of the IPCC Second Assessment Report; and work relating to review of national communications. The intergovernmental technical advisory panels are scheduled to meet in January 1996. Other meetings of the SBSTA are scheduled for February, April and July 1996. There is also a planned workshop on non-governmental inputs in January 1996. This workshop, open to all Parties and interested non- governmental participants, is expected to discuss the need for and possible scope, structure, membership and work plans of non-governmental advisory committees and/or a business consultative mechanism and report recommendations to COP-2.
NEGOTIATIONS TO STRENGTHEN THE COMMITMENTS IN ARTICLE 4.2(a) and (b): The dates have not yet been set for the first meeting of the open- ended ad hoc group of Parties to negotiate a protocol or other legal instrument to strengthen the commitments in Article 4.2(a) and (b). It is possible that the negotiating group will meet in October 1995, either before or after the meetings of the subsidiary bodies. The Bureau and the Secretariat are expected to take a decision on the dates after consulting with the UN Committee on Conferences.
COP-2: The date and venue of the second session of the Conference of the Parties will be decided by the Bureau by October 1995. The meeting will be of one week's duration and will be preceded by meetings of the subsidiary bodies. Uruguay has offered to host COP-2, which will take place by October 1996.
CLIMATE CHANGE HOMEPAGE: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), publisher of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, has created a 'point of presence' on the Internet for the Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is accessible through Mosaic or similar World Wide Web (WWW) software. The Climate Change Homepage contains a searchable index to the issues of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, links to the text of the Convention, official documents and background information. If you have Mosaic or other WWW software installed on your computer, point your WWW browser at <<http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/>>.
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