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Navigation the acronyms at the UN climate change talks

Jorgelina Hardoy

AWG-ADP, AWG-LCA, NAPs, NAPAS, CBDR, DC?! Jorgelina Hardoy, from the Latin American arm of the International Institute for Environment and Development, navigates the acronyms at the UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn.  

Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action

At the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-ADP) which I attended, the President of the Conference of the Parties and Executive Secretary of UNFCCC opened the session calling for trust
 
As always, two positions emerged centered around CBDR and DC or 'common but differentiated responsibilities and different capacities' – everything is full of acronyms!
 
Developed countries (with hugely different positions among them and different levels of engagement and commitment) call for more concerted efforts with all parties engaged recognizing common but differentiated responsibilities and different capacities.
 
Within this group, some (those more generous or conscious) spell out that assistance should be given to developing countries. They want the development of a new agreement to come into force by 2020, enhancement of mitigation ambitions from all and a closing of the emissions gap.
 
The other group (almost all the rest) fly the flag of common but differentiated responsibilities and different capacities, historical responsibility and equity. They highlight the linkages between mitigation, adaptation and implementation. They do not want developed countries to shy away from their commitments (they fear this in the face of the second commitment period). Their mitigation responsibilities are tied to the financial and technical support and capacity building they receive. This support needs to continue, be readily available and predictable. 
 

Informal consultation on national adaptation plans

 
The informal consultation on national adaptation plans (NAPs) picked up from previous meetings, which I had not followed. It evolved around a draft document presented by the chair, based on submissions and presentations in previous meetings. Some of the main points included:
  • parties were asked to  better address the support (financial and technical) needed for adaptation (direct access to funds)
  • national adaptation plans do not replace national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAS)

Other groups like the EU or USA preferred to leave finance be discussed later or in the finance negotiations

Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action

 
On Thursday 15th there had been no agreement on the agenda of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG–LCA) and the chair engaged on informal consultations. Agreement was reached and they added a footnote on the agenda saying that items on the agenda have enjoyed different levels of progress…therefore some items may not need further work under AWG – LCA. They also agreed to set up a single consultation group and start work. 
 
A few remarks on the side: 
 
Australia mentioned that non-government actors will play a critical role in implementing actions. Later in the afternoon, during the national adaptation plans informal consultation EU suggested to use and build on multiple sources of knowledge, invite organizations with track records of doing, with important lessons to share, use them to build a coherent process. Both suggestions are well received. Delegate from Philippines said she was for the first time in agreement with the EU. Usbekistan again remarked on the shortage of water they had in the  region (for drinking and irrigation). And Norway is interested on moving away from a divided world, calling for a flexible agreement.  

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