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Earth Negotiations Bulletin – Final Report, June 2013

Earth Negotiations Bulletin – Final Report, June 2013

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This issue of the
 Earth Negotiations Bulletin
© <enb@iisd.org> is written and edited by Jennifer Allan, Beate Antonich, Asheline Appleton, RishikeshRam Bhandary, Kati Kulovesi, Ph.D., Elena Kosolapova, Ph.D., and Eugenia Recio. The Digital Editor is Leila Mead. The Editor is Pamela S.Chasek, Ph.D. <pam@iisd.org>. The Director of IISD Reporting Services is Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI <kimo@iisd.org>. The SustainingDonor of the
 Bulletin
is the European Commission (DG-ENV). General Support for the
 Bulletin
during 2013 is provided by the German FederalMinistry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Ministry of Environment of Sweden, the New Zealand Ministryof Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs,the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), and the United Nations EnvironmentProgramme (UNEP). Funding for translation of the
 Bulletin
into French has been provided by the Government of France, the Wallonia, Québec, andthe International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD). The opinions expressedin the
 Bulletin
are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD or other donors. Excerpts from the
 Bulletin
may be used innon-commercial publications with appropriate academic citation. For information on the
 Bulletin
, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <kimo@iisd.org>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11D, New York, NY 10022 USA.
 Earth Negotiations Bulletin
 Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)Vol. 12 No. 580Monday, 17 June 2013
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 A Reporting Service for Environment and Development Negotiations
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SUMMARY OF THE BONN CLIMATECHANGE CONFERENCE: 3-14 JUNE 2013
The Bonn Climate Change Conference, which took place inGermany from 3-14 June 2013, comprised the 38th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and SubsidiaryBody for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). Theresumed second session of the
 Ad Hoc
Working Group on theDurban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2) also convened.Approximately 1480 government delegates, 900 observers and30 media representatives attended the meeting.SBI 38 was characterized by an agenda dispute concerninga proposal by the Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine tointroduce a new item on legal and procedural issues related todecision-making under the Conference of the Parties (COP)and Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of theParties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). Underlying the proposalwas their dissatisfaction with the decision-making process atthe UN Climate Change Conference in Doha in 2012. Whilerecognizing the importance of the issue, other parties opposedconsidering it as a new SBI agenda item. Instead, a proposalwas made to consider the issue as part of the SBI agenda itemon arrangements for intergovernmental meetings. This wasunacceptable to the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus.As no solution to the dispute was found, the SBI was unable tolaunch substantive work in Bonn. Many were disappointed withthe outcome and concerned about the implications for COP 19and CMP 9 to be held in Warsaw in November 2013.SBSTA 38 had a busy agenda and swiftly began workingthrough it. The various SBSTA negotiating groups wereallocated more negotiating time slots than usual given that nosubstantive negotiations formally took place under the SBI.SBSTA 38 achieved what many saw as good progress,
inter alia
, on reducing emissions from deforestation and forestdegradation in developing countries and the role of conservationand enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), and severalmethodological issues.The resumed ADP 2 was structured around workshopsand roundtables on Workstream 1 (2015 agreement) andWorkstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition). No agreement was reachedon establishing one or more contact groups to move part of the work to a more formal setting. Many, however, felt thatswitching to a negotiating mode will be important to ensure thatthe ADP makes progress in future sessions.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNFCCC AND THEKYOTO PROTOCOL
The international political response to climate change began with the adoption of the United Nations FrameworConvention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992, which setsout a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmosphericconcentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerousanthropogenic interference” with the climate system. TheConvention, which entered into force on 21 March 1994, nowhas 195 parties.In December 1997, delegates to the third session of theConference of the Parties (COP 3) in Kyoto, Japan, agreed to aProtocol to the UNFCCC that committed industrialized countriesand countries in transition to a market economy to achieveemission reduction targets. These countries, known as AnnexI parties under the UNFCCC, agreed to reduce their overallemissions of six GHGs by an average of 5% below 1990 levelsin 2008-2012 (first commitment period), with specific targetsvarying from country to country. The Kyoto Protocol enteredinto force on 16 February 2005 and now has 192 parties.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
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LONG-TERM NEGOTIATIONS IN 2005-2009:
Conveningin Montreal, Canada, at the end of 2005, the first session of theConference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Partiesto the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 1) decided to establish the
 Ad Hoc
 Working Group on Annex I Parties’ Further Commitments under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) in accordance with ProtocolArticle 3.9, which mandates consideration of Annex I parties’further commitments at least seven years before the end of thefirst commitment period. COP 11 created a process to consider long-term cooperation under the Convention through a series of four workshops known as “the Convention Dialogue.”In December 2007, COP 13 and CMP 3 in Bali, Indonesia,resulted in agreement on the Bali Roadmap on long-term issues.COP 13 adopted the Bali Action Plan and established the
 Ad  Hoc
Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under theConvention (AWG-LCA) with a mandate to focus on mitigation,adaptation, finance, technology and a shared vision for long-term cooperative action. Negotiations on Annex I parties’ further commitments continued under the AWG-KP. The deadlinefor concluding the two-track negotiations was in Copenhagenin 2009. In preparation, both AWGs held several negotiatingsessions in 2008-2009.
COPENHAGEN:
The UN Climate Change Conference inCopenhagen, Denmark, took place in December 2009. The high- profile event was marked by disputes over transparency and process. During the high-level segment, informal negotiationstook place in a group consisting of major economies andrepresentatives of regional and other negotiating groups. Latein the evening of 18 December these talks resulted in a politicalagreement: the “Copenhagen Accord,” which was then presentedto the COP plenary for adoption. After 13 hours of debate,delegates ultimately agreed to “take note” of the CopenhagenAccord. In 2010, over 140 countries indicated support for theAccord. More than 80 countries also provided information ontheir national mitigation targets or actions. Parties also agreed toextend the mandates of the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP until COP16 and CMP 6 in 2010.
CANCUN:
The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun,Mexico, took place in December 2010, where parties finalizedthe Cancun Agreements. Under the Convention track, Decision1/CP.16 recognized the need for deep cuts in global emissions inorder to limit the global average temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Parties agreed to keep the global long-termgoal under regular review and consider strengthening it during areview by 2015, including in relation to a proposed 1.5°C target.They took note of emission reduction targets and nationallyappropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) communicated bydeveloped and developing countries, respectively (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 and FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1, both issued after Cancun). Decision 1/CP.16 also addressedother aspects of mitigation, such as: measuring, reporting andverification (MRV); and REDD+.The Cancun Agreements also established several newinstitutions and processes, including the Cancun AdaptationFramework and the Adaptation Committee, and the TechnologyMechanism, which includes the Technology ExecutiveCommittee and the Climate Technology Centre and Network.The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was created and designated asan operating entity of the Convention’s financial mechanismgoverned by a 24-member board. Parties agreed to set up aTransitional Committee tasked with the Fund’s design anda Standing Committee to assist the COP with respect to thefinancial mechanism. Parties also recognized the commitment by developed countries to provide US$30 billion of fast-startfinance in 2010-2012, and to jointly mobilize US$100 billion per year by 2020.Under the Protocol track, the CMP urged Annex I parties toraise the level of ambition towards achieving aggregate emissionreductions consistent with the range identified in the FourthAssessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange (IPCC), and adopted Decision 2/CMP.6 on land use,land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). The mandates of thetwo AWGs were extended for another year.
DURBAN:
The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban,South Africa, took place from 28 November to 11 December 2011. The Durban outcomes cover a wide range of topics,notably the establishment of a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, a decision on long-term cooperative actionunder the Convention and agreement on the operationalizationof the GCF. Parties also agreed to launch the new ADP witha mandate “to develop a protocol, another legal instrumentor an agreed outcome with legal force under the Conventionapplicable to all Parties.” The ADP is scheduled to completethese negotiations by 2015. The new instrument should enter into effect from 2020 onwards. In addition, the ADP was alsomandated to explore actions to close the pre-2020 ambition gapin relation to the 2°C target.
DOHA:
The UN Climate Change Conference in Dohatook place from 26 November to 8 December 2012. Theconference resulted in a package of decisions, referred to asthe “Doha Climate Gateway.” These include amendments tothe Kyoto Protocol to establish its second commitment periodand agreement to terminate the AWG-KP’s work in Doha. The parties also agreed to terminate the AWG-LCA and negotiationsunder the Bali Action Plan. A number of issues requiring further consideration were transferred under the SBI and SBSTA,such as: the 2013-15 review of the global goal; developed anddeveloping country mitigation; the Kyoto Protocol’s flexibilitymechanisms; national adaptation plans; MRV; market and non-market mechanisms; and REDD+. Key elements of the Dohaoutcome also included agreement to consider loss and damage,“such as an institutional mechanism to address loss and damagein developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to theadverse effects of climate change.”
ADP 2:
ADP 2 met in Bonn, Germany, from 29 April to 3May 2013. The session was structured around workshops androundtable discussions, covering the ADP’s two workstreams.Many felt this format was helpful in moving the ADP discussionsforward. Several delegates noted, however, that the ADP needs to become more focused and interactive in future sessions.
 
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REPORT OF THE BONN CLIMATE CHANGECONFERENCE
SBI 38 and SBSTA 38 opened on Monday, 3 June. ADP2 held its opening plenary on Tuesday, 4 June. This reportsummarizes the discussions by the three bodies based on their respective agendas.
 SUBSIDIARY BODY FOR IMPLEMENTATION 
Opening SBI 38 on Monday, 3 June, SBI Chair TomaszChruszczow (Poland) urged parties to look towards 2015,stressing that the SBI “has to make progress here and now.”UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres applaudedthe United Arab Emirates as the first party to ratify the Dohaamendment to the Kyoto Protocol. She encouraged othersto follow, noting that 143 ratifications are necessary for theamendment to enter into force.
ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS:
On the supplementary provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2013/1/Add.1), the RussianFederation, with Belarus and Ukraine, introduced a proposal for a new item on procedural and legal issues relating to decision-making by the COP and CMP, in response to “deficiencies in theUNFCCC’s application of UN system rules of procedure, normsand principles.”Fiji, for the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China), proposed proceeding on the basis of the provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2013/1). Acknowledging the importance of adopting therules of procedure, the European Union (EU) stressed it was notfor the SBI to adopt these rules.Chair Chruszczow proposed that the SBI launch its work  based on the supplementary provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2013/1/Add.1) without adopting it and invite SBI Vice-Chair Robert Van Lierop (Saint Kitts and Nevis) to consult informallyon the proposed new item. The Secretariat advised that partiescould proceed based on the provisional agenda without adoptingit, while consulting on whether to include the proposedsupplementary item.The Russian Federation, Belarus and Ukraine opposedstarting work without adopting the agenda. Noting a lack of consensus, Chair Chruszczow suspended the meeting andinvited heads of delegation to consult with him on the issue.Later on Monday afternoon, Chruszczow reported that his proposal to consider the issue raised by the Russian Federation,Belarus and Ukraine under the agenda item on arrangements for intergovernmental meetings was not acceptable to many parties.He asked parties to consider a proposal by the G-77/China tolaunch the SBI’s work based on the supplementary provisionalagenda without adopting it formally, pending inclusiveconsultations on the proposal. The Russian Federation, Belarusand Ukraine opposed.Following informal consultations, the SBI plenary reconvenedon Friday, 7 June. The G-77/China suggested addressing theitem proposed by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarusunder the agenda item on arrangements for intergovernmentalmeetings. The EU agreed, suggesting adding assurances to theannotated agenda that the proposed item would be discussed.Alternatively, he suggested starting work without formallyadopting the agenda, and revisiting the agenda issue later.After further discussion, the G-77/China requested that theChair clarify the legal options available. SBI Chair Chruszczowexplained that the SBI can only adopt the agenda by consensusand the Chair cannot take decisions on matters of substance.China proposed that the Chair make a ruling to start work under SBI and conduct parallel consultations to explore the agendaissue. The G-77/China subsequently made a point of order,requesting the SBI Chair to make a ruling in accordance withChina’s proposal. Chruszczow ruled to allow delegations onthe speakers list to proceed with their interventions. The G-77/China appealed the ruling. The matter was put to a vote, with theRussian Federation voting in favor of continuing with the list of speakers and the majority of parties abstaining.The Russian Federation stressed that discussions under the proposed agenda item would address issues of “systemicimportance,” including the notion of consensus, the role of elected public officers and voting. Tuvalu, for the Allianceof Small Island States (AOSIS), observed that it was unclear whether the SBI has the competence to deal with proceduralissues under the COP. He proposed, and parties agreed, toconvene an open-ended Friends of the Chair meeting to consider how to address the proposed agenda item. Chair Chruszczowconfirmed that the purpose of the meeting would be to discusswhether and how to address the concerns of the RussianFederation, Belarus and Ukraine under the agenda item onarrangements for intergovernmental meetings.The SBI plenary reconvened on Tuesday, 11 June. Detailingefforts to resolve the issue, SBI Chair Chruszczow lamentedthat the SBI had lost eight days of working time in Bonn.He proposed a “solution box,” including: a statement bythe SBI Chair to provide assurance that issues related todecision-making would be addressed; inclusion of the Chair’sstatement in the meeting’s report; and adoption of the SBI’ssupplementary provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2013/1/Add.1),while deleting the proposed new item on procedural and legalissues related to decision-making by the COP and CMP. Hestressed that immediately after adoption of the agenda, a contactgroup, co-chaired by the SBI Chair and Vice-Chair, would beestablished to consider legal and procedural issues related todecision-making by the COP and CMP under the agenda itemon arrangements for intergovernmental meetings. SBI Chair Chruszczow invited parties to adopt the provisional agenda inaccordance with the solution proposed. The Russian Federation,supported by Ukraine and Belarus, objected and stressed theneed for an agenda that takes into account the interests of all parties.The G-77/China emphasized the Group’s support for theSBI Chair’s efforts and for his proposal. Swaziland, for theAfrican Group, and Nepal, for the Least Developed Countries(LDCs), also supported the Chair’s proposal. Switzerland, for the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG), said it is difficultto understand why the Chair’s proposal is unacceptable tosome parties. The EU supported the Chair’s proposal and,acknowledging the importance of the issue, stressed willingnessto discuss the matter in a contact group.

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