AG13 was set up to consider the establishment of a multilateral consultative process available to Parties to resolve questions on implementation. AG13-1, held from 30-31 October 1995 in Geneva, decided to request Parties, non-Parties, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to make written submissions in response to a questionnaire on a multilateral consultative process (FCCC/AG13/1995/2, para. 17). Nineteen Parties, one non-party and ten NGOs submitted responses, which are contained in FCCC/AG13/1996/MISC.1 and MISC.2. The documents provide a spectrum of views on the multilateral consultative process and identify common areas of understanding.
At AG13-2, held 10 July 1996 in Geneva, delegates discussed a multilateral consultative process (MCP) for the FCCC. Participants received a synthesis of responses to a questionnaire on establishing an MCP under Article 13 (FCCC/AG13/1996/1) to be considered at the Groups December session. The EU recommended a draft decision extending the AG13 mandate to COP-3 and a role in examining ways to apply an MCP to a protocol in cooperation with the AGBM. Delegates later adopted this draft decision. The meeting then adopted the Chairs draft text on linkages between AG-13 and AGBM, asking the COP to decide that the AGBM may seek such advice as may be deemed necessary from AG-13.