1 May 1997
SUBSIDIARY BODY FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE
Bonn, 28 July - 5 August 1997
Item 2 (a) of the provisional agenda
1. Arrangements have been made for the sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to be held at the Hotel Maritim, Bonn, from
28 July to 5 August 1997. The session will be opened by the
Chairman of the SBSTA at 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 28 July
2. The provisional agenda for the sixth session of the SBSTA, proposed after consultation with its Chairman, is as follows:
1. Opening of the session.
2. Organizational matters:
(a) Adoption of the agenda;
(b) Election of officers other than the Chairman;
(c) Organization of the work of the session;
(d) Preparation by the SBSTA for the third session of the
Conference of the Parties (COP 3).
3. Division of labour between the SBSTA and the
Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).
4. Methodological issues.
5. Cooperation with relevant international organizations.
6. National communications:
(a) Communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention;
(b) Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the
7. Development and transfer of technologies.
8. Activities implemented jointly under the pilot
9. Methodological issues related to joint
10. Report on the session.
3. The sixth session of the SBSTA will be opened by the Chairman
at 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 28 July 1997.
(a) Adoption of the agenda
4. The provisional agenda for the sixth session of the SBSTA is
presented for adoption (see paragraph 2 above).
(b) Election of officers other than the
5. At the fifth session of the SBSTA, the Chairman informed the
SBSTA that informal consultations with the representatives of
regional groups were making good progress, but that it would not yet
be possible to elect a Vice-Chairman and Rapporteur at that
6. On 7 March 1997, pursuant to the fifth session of the SBSTA, and during the
5th meeting of the AGBM at its sixth session, representatives of the African Group and the
Latin American and Caribbean Group announced that, after consultations between
their groups and having reached agreement on the present and forthcoming nominations,
they proposed Mr. Soobaraj Sok Appadu from Mauritius as Vice-Chairman and
Mr. Alvaro Jose Rodriguez Gómez from Colombia as
Rapporteur. The Chairman of the SBSTA welcomed these announcements
and stated that he would propose at the next session of the SBSTA
that these candidates be elected by acclamation, as
(c) Organization of the work of the
7. The provisional agenda has been drawn up taking account of the
expected timely availability of documentation in the six languages of
the United Nations. There are some exceptions as indicated
8. Document FCCC/SBI/1997/10, Programme Budget, may also be
available late, but is expected to be available in all
9. The following documents will be produced in English only and will be available
late in order to provide delegates with the most up to date
information: FCCC/SBSTA/1997/INF.2, FCCC/SBI/1997/13, FCCC/SB/1997/4,
FCCC/SB/1997/5, FCCC/SB/1997/6 and FCCC/SB/1997/INF.2.
10. A list of documents relating to the provisional agenda, as
well as other documents available at the session, is contained in
annex I below.
11. The scheduling of meetings for the session will be based on the availability of facilities during normal working hours. Formal meetings with interpretation will be held in the morning, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and in the afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on
28 and 30 July, and in the afternoon only on 5 August. There will
also be some facilities for informal meetings without interpretation.
Delegations are urged to use these facilities fully by attending all
meetings promptly at the scheduled time. A suggested approach to the
organization of work is contained in annex II below. In the event
that the items scheduled for a particular day are completed ahead of
time, other items may be taken up.
(d) Preparation by the SBSTA for the third session of the
Conference of the Parties (COP
12. In addition to presenting its advice on the division of labour
at its sixth session, the SBSTA will need to prepare at its seventh
session its recommendations to COP 3 on other matters before it, so
that the COP can take adequate decisions. The SBSTA may wish to take
a similar approach as the INC/FCCC at its eleventh session, in
preparing for COP 1 (A/AC.237/91/Add.1).
13. At its second session, the COP decided to take up at its third session the question
of the division of labour between the SBI and the SBSTA. This will be done on the basis
of recommendations made to it by the Chairmen of the two subsidiary bodies
(see FCCC/CP/1996/15, section II F, para. 24). The SBSTA will have
before it document FCCC/SB/1997/2 prepared by the Chairmen of the
SBSTA and the SBI. The SBSTA may wish to set up an informal contact
group with the SBI, which could prepare draft conclusions on their
division of labour for adoption by the SBSTA and the SBI, including
the recommendation of a draft decision for adoption by the COP at its
14. At its fourth session, the SBSTA agreed to keep under review
the progress of work on methodological issues and its financing and,
in support of this review, requested that one of its officers, or a
delegate designated by the Chairman, would convene informal
open-ended consultations on these questions, in conjunction with its
sessions. Subsequently, at its fifth session, an informal
consultative group was convened under the co-Chairmanship of two
delegates to consider methodological issues. The SBSTA requested the
secretariat to develop a report on a future work programme, including
short scoping papers, on the tasks mentioned in document
FCCC/SBSTA/1996/20, using the format contained in annex II to the
report of the SBSTA on the work of its fifth session
(FCCC/SBSTA/1997/4). The SBSTA requested the secretariat to carry out
this work in consultation with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) and other relevant organizations. Taking account of the
information to be made available by the secretariat in document
FCCC/SB/1997/INF.2, the consultative group will be reconvened to
continue its consideration of these issues, and in particular, the
implications for the budget. On the basis of the conclusions of this
group, the SBSTA may wish to provide advice to the SBI regarding the
Programme Budget of the Convention for the next Biennium 1998-1999
15. At its fourth session, the SBSTA took note of the preparations
by the IPCC that were under way to develop a Third Assessment Report
(TAR). At that session, the SBSTA invited Parties to submit comments
on the planned structure and content of the TAR, by 30 May 1997, for
compilation into a miscellaneous document. Accordingly, at its sixth
session, the SBSTA will have before it document
FCCC/SBSTA/1997/MISC.4, containing these submissions. The SBSTA may
decide to bring these submissions to the attention of the IPCC, for
16. The SBSTA may receive an update on the progress by the IPCC in
preparing technical papers.
17. The SBSTA may also consider any other information from
relevant international organizations which may be brought to its
(a) Communications from Parties included in Annex I to
18. At its second session, by its decision 9/CP.2, the COP
requested Annex I Parties to submit to the secretariat, in accordance
with Article 12.1 and 12.2 of the Convention, a second national
communication by 15 April 1997. For those Parties which were due to
submit the first communication in 1996, an update of this
communication is to be submitted by the same date. Second national
communications by Parties with economies in transition should, in
principle, be submitted not later than 15 April 1998. Annex I Parties
were also requested to submit to the secretariat national inventory
data on emissions by sources and removals by sinks, on an annual
basis, by 15 April of each year, following the principles contained
in decision 3/CP.1 (FCCC/CP/1996/15/Add.1). The secretariat will make
an oral report on the progress achieved in the process of reviewing
first communications from Parties included in Annex I to the
Convention and on the status of submission of their second
19. The SBSTA may take note of the above report, and may urge
those Parties with a late communication and/or greenhouse gas
inventory update to submit their communication and/or inventory
update as soon as possible.
20. At the request of the SBSTA, at its fifth session
(FCCC/SBSTA/1997/4), the secretariat has prepared a workplan,
including a tentative schedule of the in-depth review (IDR) of second
national communications of Parties included in Annex I to the
Convention. The SBSTA may wish to consider this document
(FCCC/SB/1997/5), and request Parties to discuss with the secretariat
any changes they wish to make.
21. In the context of the sixth session of the SBI, an informal
workshop will be held in the afternoon on Thursday, 31 July 1997 on
Annex I communications. The secretariat is preparing an initial
compilation and synthesis report on second national communications
for the sessions of the subsidiary bodies scheduled to be held in
Bonn in October 1997. The secretariat intends to present a
preliminary overview of data which may include, to the extent
available, trends in past greenhouse gas emissions and projections of
future emissions (FCCC/SB/1997/6).
(b) Communications from Parties not included in Annex I
to the Convention
22. At its second session, by its decision 10/CP.2 paragraph 1
(a), the COP requested the secretariat, in accordance with Article
8.2(c), to facilitate assistance to Parties, particularly developing
country Parties, in the preparation of their initial communications,
through the organization of workshops at the regional level; to
provide a forum for the exchange of experiences in the development of
emission factors and activity data for the preparation of the
inventory, as well as, on request, for other elements of information
in the initial communication; and to provide a report to the SBSTA
and the SBI at each of their sessions
23. The secretariat will provide a progress report on these issues (FCCC/SBI/1997/9).
24. At its fifth session, the SBSTA took note of activities
undertaken by the secretariat to prepare reports on topics, such as
adaptation technologies, the terms of transfer of technology and
know-how and technology information centers. It urged the secretariat
to accelerate these activities.
25. The SBSTA will have before it a progress report on these
activities (FCCC/SB/1997/3), and an update to this report
(FCCC/SB/1997/4). The SBSTA will also have available a technical
paper (FCCC/TP/1997/1) on recent investment trends and financial
flows and specific information, particularly related to multilateral
financial institutions. This technical paper will be the first in a
series of papers on terms of transfer following the proposal in
document FCCC/SB/1997/1, paragraphs 34-40. The SBSTA may take note of
the information in the documents for this session and provide further
guidance to the secretariat.
26. At its fifth session, the SBSTA recalled the need as expressed
in decision 7/CP.2 to evaluate the use of the roster of experts,
taking into account the ongoing discussion on intergovernmental
technical advisory panels (ITAPs). It requested the secretariat to
prepare a report on its experience in using the roster, for the
seventh session. Many Parties urged the SBSTA to set up ITAPs without
delay. Some Parties stated that this consideration should await the
completion of the evaluation report; no Party offered a suggestion
for overcoming the institutional problems associated with ITAPs. The
SBSTA concluded that it would evaluate this issue at its sixth
27. At its third session, the SBSTA requested the secretariat to
prepare a list of methodological issues related to activities
implemented jointly. The SBSTA considered this list at its fourth and
28. At its fifth session, the SBSTA requested the secretariat to
develop, in accordance with decision 5/CP.1, practical options with
regard to the list of methodological issues contained in paragraph 47
(d) of its report on the work of that session (FCCC/SBSTA/1997/4) and
to report on the progress made in this respect. The SBSTA invited
interested Parties and organizations to provide support to the
secretariat in this task.
29. The secretariat has started the process of developing
practical options and will report on the progress made in this
respect at the seventh session of SBSTA.
30. The SBSTA will have before it, for information, document
FCCC/SBSTA/1997/INF.2 providing an update on activities implemented
jointly under the pilot phase. The SBSTA may take note of that
31. At the fifth session of the SBSTA, a number of Parties
proposed that the agenda for its sixth session should include a
separate item on methodological issues related to crediting under
prospective joint implementation among interested Parties, and,
therefore, outside the pilot phase of activities implemented jointly.
Parties may wish to come prepared with possible suggestions about
approaches to this issue.
32. The relatively short duration of the session, as well as the nature and timing of the discussion, may mean that a complete text of the report on the work of the session might not be available at the end of the session. The SBSTA may wish to adopt decisions or texts of substantive conclusions under the relevant items and sub-items of the agenda and, as at previous sessions, authorize the Rapporteur, if one is elected, to complete the report after the session, under the guidance of the Chairman and with the assistance of the secretariat, or, in the absence of the Rapporteur, authorize the Chairman to this end. While every effort will be made to have conclusions available in all languages at the session, this will only be possible if sufficient time is available for translation.
FCCC/SBSTA/1997/5 Provisional agenda and annotations.
FCCC/SBSTA/1997/MISC.4 Cooperation with relevant international organizations: Structure and content of the
Third Assessment Report by the IPCC.
Comments by Parties.
FCCC/SBSTA/1997/INF.2 Activities implemented jointly under the
FCCC/SB/1997/2 Division of labour between the SBI and the SBSTA:
Note by the Chairmen.
FCCC/SB/1997/3 Development and transfer of technologies: Progress
FCCC/SB/1997/4 Development and transfer of technologies:
Update to progress report.
FCCC/SB/1997/5 Communications from Parties included in Annex I to
FCCC/SB/1997/6 Communications from Parties included in Annex I to
the Convention: Inventory and projection data.
FCCC/SB/1997/INF.2 Programme of work on
FCCC/TP/1997/1 Development and transfer of technologies: Terms of
transfer of technology and know-how. Trends and basic data on
financial flows to developing countries.
FCCC/SBSTA/1997/4 Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and
Technological Advice on the work of its fifth session, Bonn, 25-28
FCCC/SBSTA/1996/20 Report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and
Technological Advice on the work of its fourth
session, Geneva, 16-18 December 1996.
FCCC/SBI/1997/9 Communications from Parties not included in Annex
I to the Convention: Secretariat activities to facilitate the
provision of financial and technical support. Progress
FCCC/SBI/1997/10 Programme Budget of the Convention for the
FCCC/SBI/1997/13 Communications from Parties not included in Annex
I to the Convention: Information on the submissions of initial
FCCC/SB/1997/1 Progress report on technology and technology
FCCC/CP/1995/7 and Add.1 Report of the Conference of the Parties
on its first session, held at Berlin from
28 March to 7 April 1995.
FCCC/CP/1996/15 and Add.1 Report of the Conference of the Parties
on its second session, held at Geneva from
8 to 19 July 1996.
A/AC.237/91/Add.1 Report of the intergovernmental negotiating
committee for a Framework Convention
on Climate Change on the work of its
eleventh session held at New York from
6 to 17 February 1995.
Part two: Recommendations to the
Conference of the Parties and other decisions
and conclusions of the committee.
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Items 7 and 8
Items 5 and 6