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Unfccc 2015 Deal

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AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE DURBAN PLATFORM FOR ENHANCED ACTION ADP.2014.3.InformalNote
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Reflections on progress made at the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action
Note by the Co-Chairs
17 April 2014
I.
 
Introduction
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At the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (March 2014), Parties advanced the work of the ADP by: (a)
 
Progressing in the elaboration of the content of the 2015 agreement, with a view to arriving at the elements for a coherent draft negotiating text by the twentieth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), to be held in Lima, Peru; (b)
 
Initiating discussions that facilitate domestic preparations for intended nationally determined contributions; (c)
 
Considering practical and realizable opportunities for raising pre-2020 ambition. 2.
 
We welcome the progress and recognize the commitment of Parties to engage and to negotiate. There is a shared understanding that a substantial amount of work remains ahead of us in order to fully realize the mandates given to us by the COP, and that a more formal, interactive, focused mode of negotiations is needed for the ADP. At our last meeting, the ADP established a contact group in order to move into such a mode of work. We have also issued a note
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 containing our suggestions on how the work of the contact group will be conducted at the June session.
II.
 
Work towards the 2015 agreement
3.
 
The March session saw a very concrete and detailed exchange on the content of the elements for a draft negotiating text for the 2015 agreement. The session further enhanced the understanding of how Parties envisage the agreement to be structured and how it could operate. The comprehensive material on the table and the understanding that has been reached provide a solid foundation for the future work of the contact group. 4.
 
In order to facilitate this work, we consider it useful to map out what Parties have expressed and submitted in the course of our negotiations so far. The annex to this note presents this landscape of issues  proposed by Parties. It summarizes our understanding of what Parties have elaborated and proposed to see reflected as elements for a draft negotiating text, with the hope that it will facilitate understanding among Parties of the landscape of issues, the content of the elements elaborated so far and the options that are on the table, as  proposed by Parties. We have aimed to be inclusive and comprehensive, and ask you to alert us if important ideas or proposals have not been reflected. 5.
 
The annex is organized based on the elements contained in paragraph 5 of decision 1/CP.17 in a manner that attempts to include all the proposals that have been expressed by Parties without prejudice to the ultimate structure of the draft negotiating text or the 2015 agreement. A section on nationally determined contributions has also been included to reflect proposals related to paragraph 2 of decision 1/CP.19. Furthermore, Parties have made proposals on other issues that relate to the agreement as a whole or to multiple elements of our work. These include matters that are general in nature or provide context to the agreement, compliance, assessment, the role of non-State actors, and procedural and institutional provisions. In order to present the proposals as clearly as possible and in an appropriate context, the annex contains separate sections to reflect these proposals. 6.
 
Parties have also made various proposals on general cross-cutting topics and design considerations such as governance, overall architecture of the agreement, differentiation, flexibility and durability, which form a central part of our negotiations and are inherent in many proposals summarized in the annex. Furthermore, many
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 ADP.2014.4.InformalNote.
 
AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE DURBAN PLATFORM FOR ENHANCED ACTION ADP.2014.3.InformalNote
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Parties have expressed views on the legal form of the agreement. As you advance the negotiations during the second half of this year, we encourage you to keep these matters in mind. 7.
 
The annex illustrates the richness of the proposals on which we need to draw in shaping the agreement. Our next collective challenge will be to converge on the elements for a draft negotiating text by Lima. As we stated in the closing plenary in March, we are guided by the understanding that the negotiating text will be collectively constructed based on the views expressed by Parties in their submissions and statements and in the negotiations. This in our view is a truly Party-driven process. The preparation of the text, as agreed by Parties, will adhere to the following core principles: (a)
 
The process will continue to be Party-driven; (b)
 
The process will continue to build on inputs from Parties; (c)
 
Any outputs of the process will reflect inputs from Parties. 8.
 
It is clear that Parties wish to begin in June the process of collectively constructing the text with a focus on advancing common understanding and converging through negotiation on topics where differences need to be  bridged, including the possible identification of a limited number of options. 9.
 
Regarding inputs, the process is always open to inputs by Parties and observers as per the Doha conclusions of the ADP.
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 Parties and observers can make use of that channel to communicate their views. You can also communicate with us via e-mail through <cadp@unfccc.int>. 10.
 
As you may recall, the ADP was mandated to identify, by COP 20, the information that Parties will  provide when putting forward their contributions. At the open-ended consultations in March, and drawing upon submissions from, and views expressed by Parties, we had a detailed exchange on the information and on ways to consider that information, which is reflected in the section of the annex on nationally determined contributions. In addition, at the workshop on domestic preparations, you shared your experiences and lessons learned on approaches, processes, constraints and challenges, including on needs for support for the preparation of such contributions.
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This issue needs to be further clarified in order to fulfil our mandate by COP 20. In our view the ADP should begin work immediately towards a decision in Lima on this matter. 11.
 
In addition, a briefing by relevant organizations on the support for the domestic preparation of nationally determined contributions was held to facilitate the flow of information on what the needs are, what networks and initiatives exist, what support is available and how to access it.
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 As you are aware, we have asked the secretariat to facilitate the coordination of this support and the secretariat has initiated a dialogue with a wide range of institutions providing support to encourage information sharing and coordination. The contact details of the organizations present at the March session are available on the UNFCCC website to facilitate future interactions and we have requested the secretariat to update that information regularly.
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 We encourage Parties to actively engage with organizations as needed. 12.
 
For example, the United Nations Development Programme is convening a series of regional technical dialogues to consider and discuss the technical basis of these contributions and share related approaches and experiences. We encourage all Parties, in particular developing country Parties, to take advantage of this initiative and to identify specific needs for support which could be addressed by interacting with the organizations that will be participating at these regional dialogues.
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III.
 
Pre-2020 ambition
13.
 
At the March session, we launched a new phase in our effort to build pre-2020 ambition, moving from identification to realization of the vast mitigation potential. The technical expert meetings (TEMs) provided an initial opportunity for Parties to engage with each other and with partner organizations on how to unlock the mitigation potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. This exchange has triggered activities to be pursued intersessionally with the aim of delivering tangible results by Lima.
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 As was envisaged,
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 FCCC/ADP/2012/3, paragraph 22.
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 <http://unfccc.int/8106> .
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 <http://unfccc.int/8114>.
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 <http://unfccc.int/8175>.
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 See footnote 5 above for contact details of organizations providing support.
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 <http://unfccc.int/8112> and <http://unfccc.int/8113>.
 
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Parties have used the TEMs to accelerate domestic action and, with the support of international organizations, take forward policy options and tangible initiatives, including efforts to remove barriers to implementation and to scale up and accelerate the delivery of finance, technology and capacity-building support. 14.
 
We are grateful for the efforts of Mr. Youba Sokona (Mali) and Mr. Jun Arima (Japan), the two facilitators of the TEMs during the March session, and wish to share with you the following observations we took away from their feedback to our closing meeting on workstream 2. 15.
 
On energy efficiency, the key policy options expressed included energy pricing, effective regulations, fiscal and financial incentives, information and awareness-raising policies, technology development, and innovative research and development. Participants also shared the challenges that their governments had encountered, in particular the insufficient profile of energy efficiency, complicated governance structures, lack of capacity in designing and implementing effective policies, lack of technical knowledge, energy prices not reflecting true costs, purchasing and investment patterns neglecting long-term savings in energy bills, insufficient financial incentives to stimulate energy efficiency and difficulties in accessing large-scale financing. 16.
 
On renewable energy, the key policy options explored included renewable energy targets, economic instruments, feed-in tariffs and guaranteed access to the power grid, smart grids and smart metering, direct subsidies and tax credits, removal of fossil fuel subsidies and strengthening institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks. It was emphasized that deeper collaboration among national, subnational and international entities is needed. The challenges identified include lack of affordable up-front finance, high costs of technology and high operational and maintenance costs, challenges related to grids, imbalance of supply and demand, lack of tailored research and development, lack of capacity to implement stable policy options, lack of access to information and high transaction costs of small-scale renewable energy systems. 17.
 
The importance of the means and availability of support for the effective implementation of mitigation action on the ground was stressed in nearly every intervention at the TEMs. Participants highlighted a need for a comprehensive approach to the provision of finance, technology and capacity-building support and a policy dialogue between governments and support institutions on enhancing the enabling environment needed for the  promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy. They also emphasized that information on support options, channels and forms should be made easily available through the UNFCCC website and Parties should be able to direct their inquiries to the relevant support and technical organizations. The existing relevant UNFCCC institutions, namely the Technology Mechanism consisting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF), should actively engage in assisting countries in scaling up the deployment of renewables and energy efficiency policies, initiatives and actions. A proposal was made to invite those institutions to work intersessionally directly with Parties in line with their respective mandates, for instance by putting together a project pipeline linked to GCF and CTCN financing to provide the right signal and guidance to potential investors or by examining through the TEC ways to overcome the policy barriers that Parties face in developing and transferring technologies. We have requested the secretariat to facilitate these follow-up actions, including by making information available on the UNFCCC website
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 on how Parties can access international organizations and resources. 18.
 
The secretariat plans to compile information provided at the TEMs and in submissions to prepare the update of the technical paper on the mitigation benefits of actions, initiatives and options to enhance mitigation ambition.
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 The update will inform the work of the ADP on the technical examination of mitigation opportunities  by focusing on those options that catalyse the implementation of actions aimed at achieving high emission reductions in the pre-2020 period. It will follow the objective of the TEMs by informing the work of ADP on the latest available information provided by Parties, specialized technical organizations and partnerships and observers on feasible policies, practices and technologies, barriers and challenges in implementation and ways to overcome them as well as the next steps in the technical examination process. It is our hope that the update of the technical paper will assist Parties in turning the opportunities for mitigation action into reality. 19.
 
We are encouraged that in addition to focusing on practical ways to take forward policies that can enhance ambition, Parties have started engaging with each other on how the technical process can be enhanced throughout the year, how to capture in Lima the results of the TEMs and how the TEM process can be strengthened in 2015. We encourage Parties to continue to bring forward suggestions for a Lima outcome on workstream 2 for an initial discussion at the June session.
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 <http://unfccc.int/8133.php>
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 FCCC/ADP/2013/3, paragraph 30(c)(ii); FCCC/TP/2013/8 and Add.1 and 2.

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