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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNFCCC E-Newsletter
Edition #2, May 2006
HTML: http://unfccc.int/3728

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INSIDE THIS EDITION
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A. IN FOCUS
--UN TALKS ON FUTURE CLIMATE ACTION
--BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF LIMA
--THE COMPLIANCE MECHANISM
B. ANNOUNCEMENTS
C. UPCOMING EVENTS
D. DOCUMENT SPOTLIGHT
--PREPARING FOR THE MAY SESSIONS
-- FINAL DOCUMENTS FROM COP 11 & COP/MOP 1
E. WORKING WITH UNFCCC
--VACANCIES
--PARTICIPATION
F. KYOTO SCOREBOARD

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A. IN FOCUS
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1. FRESH UN TALKS ON FUTURE CLIMATE ACTION SET TO BEGIN IN BONN
New talks on future action under the UN-sponsored climate change process will be launched in the week of 15 May in Bonn, Germany.

One round of discussions in the form of a "Dialogue on long-term cooperative action to address climate change by enhancing implementation of the Convention" will start with a workshop to be held in Bonn on 15 and 16 May. These talks involve all 189 contracting Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

A different track of talks involves the 163 Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The first round of formal negotiations under the “Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol” will be held between 17 and 25 May. The focus of this body will be on further measures to be taken by industrialized countries for the period after 2012 when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends.

-Learn more: http://unfccc.int/3725
-Prepare for the meetings: Visit section D1 of this e-newsletter for a listing of all documentation you will need for the May sessions.

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2. BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS OF LIMA: ADAPTATION WORKSHOPS FOR ASIA AND AFRICA PLANNED AT UPCOMING BONN MEETING
The UNFCCC secretariat organized in collaboration with the UNEP regional office and the Peruvian National Council for the Environment (CONAM – Consejo Nacional del Ambiente) a regional workshop on adaptation for the Latin American region, from 18-20 April, in Lima, Peru. This workshop was the first of a series of regional adaptation workshops held pursuant to a request by the Conference of the Parties at its tenth session.

Latin America includes a wide variety of climatic zones and ecosystems. This renders the continent particularly vulnerable to diverse impacts of climate change, ranging from sea-level rise to glacial lake outburst floods. At the same time, assessments of impacts and vulnerability in the region are advanced enough to enable the identification of appropriate adaptation strategies. A number of Latin American countries have embarked on the development of comprehensive adaptation plans.

The workshop achieved its objectives of enabling the sharing of information on adaptation to climate change in different Latin American countries, as well as identifying actions to fill in the gaps and enhance further measures to promote better assessments of vulnerability and adaptation as well as promote effective adaptive responses in the region, both to current climate variability and future climate change.

-Learn more: http://unfccc.int/3726

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3. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE KYOTO PROTOCOL COMPLIANCE MECHANISM
As the last of the bodies established under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the treaty’s Compliance Committee began its operations in March by electing the chairpersons of its enforcement and facilitative branches.

The Kyoto Protocol compliance mechanism is designed to strengthen the Protocol’s environmental integrity and the carbon market’s credibility. Its objective is to facilitate, promote and enforce compliance with the commitments under the Protocol. It is among the most comprehensive and rigorous systems of compliance for a multilateral environmental agreement. A strong and effective compliance mechanism is key to the success of the implementation of the Protocol.

The Compliance Committee is now fully operational and getting ready to consider questions of implementation. This follows work to adopt the Procedures and mechanisms relating to compliance under the Kyoto Protocol (decision 27/CMP.1), the election of the members and alternates of the facilitative and enforcement branches, and the election of the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the branches.

-Learn more: http://unfccc.int/3727
-Read about the first meeting(130 kB): (PDF) http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/press_releases_and_advisories/application/pdf/20060303_compliance_committee_1st_meeting.pdf

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B. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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27 Apr 2006
The deadline for press accreditation has been extended to Wednesday, 10 May 2006. Accreditation requests received after this date may be considered; however, there could be a delay in processing.
http://unfccc.int/meetings/sb24/press/items/3649.php

17 April 2006
Deadlines for COP 12 and COP/MOP 2, in Nairobi, Kenya, 6-17 Nov 2006
-7 July 2006: Observer organization applications
-28 Aug-9 Sep 2006: Side event and exhibit applications

13 Apr 2006
CDM Meth Panel report / CDM AR WG report / CDM SSC WG report
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_OM86U9XVWDLL67ZNWLC9OWBTCMT2IV

10 Apr 2006
UNFCCC is regularly featured in MEA Bulletin; this new publication--from IISD Reporting Services--features the activities of key multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and their secretariats. It is supported by UNEP's Division of Environmental Conventions and ENB experts.
http://www.iisd.ca/email/mea-l.htm

20 Mar 2006
Notice to United Nations Secretariat Units and bodies, and to specialized agencies about AWG, SBSTA 24 and SBI 24
(441 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/notifications/application/pdf/060323_sb24_un.pdf

20 Mar 2006
Notice to IGO and NGOs admitted as observers about AWG, SBSTA 24 and SBI 24
(478 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/notifications/application/pdf/060323_sb24_ngoandigo.pdf

23 Mar 2006
Public comments received on SSC issues
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_13491YDBF1EWBU4IL26G108O2Q76Y5

17 Mar 2006
Report of the second meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 02)
http://ji.unfccc.int/JI_News/issues/issues/I_4GHB22OGZBJWIWNQWCTH763299K3RV/viewnewsitem.html

15 March 2006
The UNFCCC secretariat has overhauled the Financial Mechanism web section. Visitors will find information about the three special funds, along with background information and links to external information sources.
http://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/financial_mechanism/items/2807.php

15 Mar 2006
Notification to Parties and observer States about AWG, SBSTA 24 and SBI 24
(475 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/notifications/application/pdf/notice_060315_sb24.pdf

10 March 2006
The UNFCCC CDM Registry Administrator has, for the first time, forwarded Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) to the holding account of a project participant, representing a milestone in the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
http://unfccc.int/essential_background/newsletter/items/3665.php
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_J8KLRPBC0NGFSJTBW4ZOYQFNK2441S

28 Feb 2006
CDM Registry - Opening of first Holding Accounts
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_690NV5QDGEFMK67S3UN6CPS3SWTFYN

28 Feb 2006
Eight young representatives of four Austrian schools travelled by train to Bonn to present acting head Richard Kinley with a “green footprint” symbolizing their commitment to environmentally friendly forms of transport.

21 Feb 2006
New President of COP 11 and COP/MOP 1
(73 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/notifications/application/pdf/notice_060221_cop_president.pdf

20 Feb 2006
Announcement about proposed amendment, by Belarus, to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol
(131 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/notifications/application/pdf/notice_060220_belarus.pdf


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C. UPCOMING EVENTS
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03-05 May 2006
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
UNFCCC workshop on Adaptation Fund (Kyoto Protocol)
http://unfccc.int/meetings/workshops/other_meetings/items/3672.php

10-12 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, Twenty Fourth Meeting
http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/Meetings/024

15-16 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Dialogue on long-term cooperative action to address climate change by enhancing implementation of the Convention
http://unfccc.int/meetings/dialogue/items/3669.php

17-25 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
First session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol
http://unfccc.int/meetings/sb24/items/3648.php

18-26 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Session of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB 24)
http://unfccc.int/meetings/sb24/items/3648.php

Three in-session workshops:
20 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Workshop on carbon capture and storage

22 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Workshop on carbon capture and storage as CDM project activities
http://unfccc.int/meetings/workshops/other_meetings/items/3716.php

23 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Workshop on mitigation: agriculture, forestry and rural development
http://unfccc.int/meetings/sb24/in-session/items/3647.php

27-29 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, 3rd Meeting
(Further meetings will be scheduled during the year)
http://ji.unfccc.int/Sup_Committee/Meetings/index.html

29-31 May 2006
Bonn, Germany
Second Meeting of the Compliance Committee

19-21 Jul 2006
Bonn, Germany
Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism,25th Meeting
(Further meetings will be scheduled during the year)
http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/Meetings

06-17 Nov 2006
Nairobi, Kenya
COP 12 and COP/MOP 2

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D. DOCUMENT SPOTLIGHT
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1. PREPARING FOR THE MAY SESSIONS
The UNFCCC Digital Library CD-ROM, Volume 7, will be released in Bonn, Germany during the upcoming May Sessions. This CD-ROM houses all official documents from 1991 till 2006 in an easy to use digital format.

To stay on top of the latest developments during the May sessions, the following list shows you where to find the documents for each event.
(Note that these hyperlinks are long and may break onto a second line. If the links do not work, just click on the first part, and then copy the second part into your browser.)

I. SBSTA 24 (documents by agenda item):
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&meeting=%22(SBSTA),+Twenty-fourth+session%22&sorted=agenda#beg

II. SBI 24 (documents by agenda item):
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&meeting=%22(SBI),+Twenty-fourth+session%22&sorted=agenda#beg

III. Three In-session workshops (documents will be added soon):
http://unfccc.int/3721

IV. AWG 1 (documents by agenda item):
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&meeting=%22(AWG),+first+session%22&sorted=agenda#beg

V. Dialogue
Submissions by Parites: http://unfccc.int/3669
Submissions by civil society: http://unfccc.int/3689

2. FINAL DOCUMENTS FROM COP 11 & COP/MOP 1
On 31 March 2006, UNFCCC posted the final COP 11 & COP/MOP 1 conference reports, which includes all decisions and resolutions in one package. Download the reports here:

COP 11:
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&keywords="conference reports"&meeting="(COP 11)"#beg

COP/MOP 1:
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&keywords=%22conference reports%22&meeting=%22(COP/MOP)%22#beg

SBSTA 23:
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&keywords=%22conference+reports%22&symbol=&meeting=%22Subsidiary+Body+for+Scientific+and+Technological+Advice (SBSTA), Twenty-third%22#beg

SBI 23:
http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/3594.php?such=j&keywords=%22conference reports%22&meeting=%22Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Twenty-third%22#beg


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E. WORKING WITH UNFCCC
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1. VACANCIES

28 Apr-26 May
Programme Officer (P3)
Review and Analysis subprogramme; Reporting, Data and Analysis Programme
(24 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie06.011.pdf

21 Apr-19 May
Associate Network Officer, P2
Information Services
(25 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie06.010.pdf

19 Apr-17 May
Senior Legal Adviser, Intergovernmental and Legal Affairs, P5 Intergovernmental and Conference Affairs
(27 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie06.009.pdf

06 Apr-04 May
Travel Assistant, G4
Administrative Services, Procurement and General Services Unit
(24 kB) (PDF) http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie06.008.pdf


2. PARTICIPATION

30 Mar 2006
JI call for experts
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_2C2TQ4QHLV0D4QYDWKVOH2DIQK2N3C

28 Mar 2006
Public comments received on call for inputs
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_H45YBEBXWMBYFNART3KP4ZMKJN5L8R

02 Mar 2006
Call for inputs and call for experts for CDM panels/working groups
http://cdm.unfccc.int/getNews?id=I_ESU71YZ5XMX0RY4HRDV6DN8BYRRNPK

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F. KYOTO SCOREBOARD
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Kyoto Parties: 163
Annex I Party emissions: 61.6%
Registered CDM projects: 172
Issued CERs: 4,634,963
Projected CERs (by 2012): 340,000,000

Learn more about Carbon Dioxide reductions through the Clean Development Mechanism
http://cdm.unfccc.int/Statistics/

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