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FCCC/CP/1999/L.11


BNJ.99-704

2 November 1999



Original: ENGLISH


CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES

Fifth session


Bonn, 25 October - 5 November 1999

Agenda item 4 (a)



REVIEW OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMITMENTS AND OF OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE CONVENTION



NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS FROM PARTIES INCLUDED IN

ANNEX I TO THE CONVENTION



Recommendation of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation



At its eleventh session, the Subsidiary Body for Implementation,, decided to recommend the following draft decision for adoption by the Conference of the Parties at its fifth session:



Draft decision -CP.5



Guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories

from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention



The Conference of the Parties,



Recalling the relevant provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in particular Articles 4 and 7 thereof,



Recalling its decision 11/CP.4 on national communications from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention,



Having considered the relevant recommendations of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation,



Recognizing the need to enhance the in-depth review of greenhouse gas inventories,



1. Adopts for a trial period covering inventory submissions due in 2000 and 2001 the

guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas inventories of Annex I Parties;(1)



2. Requests the secretariat to conduct annual initial checks and an annual synthesis and assessment of greenhouse gas inventories for all Annex I Parties beginning in 2000, according to the above-mentioned guidelines for the technical review;



3. Requests the secretariat to conduct, during the trial period, individual reviews of the greenhouse gas inventories for a limited number of Annex I Parties on a voluntary basis, according to the above-mentioned guidelines for the technical review;



4. Requests the secretariat to use different approaches to individual reviews by coordinating specifically:



(b) Three or four in-country reviews per year;



5. Requests the secretariat to produce a report on the technical review, assessing, inter alia, the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, including human and financial resource requirements, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation as soon as practicable after the end of the trial period;



6. Requests the Subsidiary Body for Implementation to evaluate the experience with the technical review based on the secretariat report, with a view to adopting revised guidelines for the technical review of inventories at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties;



7. Invites Annex I Parties which are in a position to do so, to subject their inventories to an individual review during the trial period and to designate a government focal point for the coordination of the review;



8. Urges Annex I Parties to facilitate the review of their inventories by responding to the secretariat's requests for additional information or comments in a timely manner;



9. Encourages Parties to ensure that experts participating in the technical review of inventories have adequate time and, as appropriate, financial support to participate in the reviews;



10. Requests the secretariat to report to the Subsidiary Body for Implementation on progress with the implementation of this decision at the session held in conjunction with the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties;



11. Decides to initiate the individual review of inventories for all Annex I Parties in 2003.

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1. FCCC/CP/1999/L.11/Add.1