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Good Practices in Policies and Measures
 


Background
 

Specific commitments by Annex I Parties to mitigate climate change are laid down in Article 4.2 of the Convention.  According to Article 4.2(a), each Annex I Party shall adopt  national policies and take corresponding measures on the mitigation of climate change, by limiting its anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and protecting and enhancing its greenhouse gas sinks and reservoirs.  This article further states that the return by the end of the present decade to earlier levels of anthropogenic GHG emissions would contribute to modifying long-term trends in these emissions consistent with the objective of the Convention, an undertaking in which Annex I Parties are called upon to take the lead. more>>



Recent Developments

 

At SBSTA 20 (Bonn, June 2004) Parties agreed on the next steps in implementing decision 13/CP.7.  In implementing these steps, the SBSTA requested the secretariat to organize a round-table discussion on policies and measures at its twenty-second session.  The SBSTA also requested the secretariat to provide information on different options for sharing of information and exchange of experiences, including the use of web-based options.

At SBSTA 21 (Buenos Aires, December 2004) Parties initiated considerations of the information on options for sharing information and exchange of experiences on policies and measures contained in document FCCC/SBSTA/2004/INF.10.  Unable to conclude on this issue, the SBSTA agreed to continue its considerations at at its twenty-second session.

At SBSTA 22 (Bonn, May 2005) Parties continued the considerations on this issue. The SBSTA agreed to consider next steps in facilitating the exchange of information and sharing experiences on policies and measures of Annex I Parties at its twenty-fourth session.

On 24 May 2005, the Chair of the SBSTA convened the round-table discussion on policies and measures in Bonn, Germany. The three-hours event focussed on domestic and international aspects of Annex I policies and measures, and on cross-cutting issues. The SBSTA welcomed the exchange of information and views among Parties during the round‑table discussion and expressed its appreciation to the speakers and to the participants for making it a successful event.

At SBSTA 24 (Bonn, May 2006), Parties considered information on options for approaches to the sharing of experiences and the exchange of information on policies and measures of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties). The SBSTA invited Parties to submit to the secretariat, by 1 March 2008, their views on the need for further events to facilitate the exchange of information and the sharing of experiences on policies and measures of Annex I Parties. It requested the secretariat to compile those views into a miscellaneous document for consideration by SBSTA 28 (Bonn, June 2008).

Key Decisions

Decision 13/CP.7
"Good Practices" in policies and measures among Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (see FCCC/CP/2001/13/Add.1, section II) more >>

Decision 1/CP.6
Implementation of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action more >>

Decision 8/CP.4
Preparatory work for COP/MOP 1 more >>

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Key Documents

FCCC/SBSTA/2005/INF.6
Report on the round-table discussion on experiences of Parties included in Annex I to the Convention in implementing policies and measures. Note by the secretariat.
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FCCC/SBSTA/2004/INF.10
"Good practices" in policies and measures among Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Options for approaches to sharing experience and exchanging information on "good practices" in policies and measures.
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FCCC/WEB/2003/1
"Good practices" in policies and measures among Parties included in Annex I to the Convention. Policies and measures reported by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention in their third national communications. Database information. more >>

FCCC/SBI/2003/7/Add.2
An updated report on "good practices" in policies and measures among Parties included in Annex I to the Convention more >>

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Key Links

Side event on C&S at COP 9 (SBSTA 19), Milan

"Good practices" in policies and measures

Presessional consultations on policies and measures

Side event presentations