ADP Co-Chairs Release February Session Scenario Note
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The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released their Scenario Note for the eighth part of the Group's second session (ADP 2-8), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-13 February 2015.

In the Note (ADP.2015.1.InformalNote), the Co-Chairs indicate that the session's objective will be to deliver, by the session's close, the draft negotiating text for an anticipated 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

UNFCCC29 January 2015: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released their scenario note for the eighth part of the Group’s second session (ADP 2-8), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-13 February 2015. In the note (ADP.2015.1.InformalNote), the Co-Chairs indicate that the session’s objective will be to deliver, by the session’s close, the draft negotiating text for an anticipated 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

ADP 2-8 will be the first session under the Co-Chairmanship of Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder, who will serve as Co-Chairs through the conclusion of the ADP session to be held in conjunction with the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The scenario note provided by Djoghlaf and Reifsnyder lays out their vision on how parties will undertake their work at the Geneva negotiating session.

After a short opening plenary, the Co-Chairs plan to continue the contact group on item 3 of the agenda (Implementation of all the elements of decision 1/CP.17). This work is divided into workstream 1 (the 2015 agreement) and workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition). With a view to finalizing the draft negotiating text under workstream 1, the contact group will undertake to turn the elements of a draft text annexed to the Lima Call for Climate Action “into a more streamlined, concise, manageable and negotiable text.”

According to the note, it is the Co-Chairs’ intent to carry out this work in the same order as in the annex: mitigation; adaptation and loss and damage; and finance. The Co-Chairs emphasize that the process will be party-driven, with any outcomes based on party inputs. In support of parties’ preparation of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), they indicate a briefing is planned for 11 February 2015 on support for domestic preparations. They also encourage the active participation of observers, noting a special event will be convened with observer organizations.

The UNFCCC Secretariat has also published online the report of ADP 2-7, held in Lima, Peru, from 2-13 December 2014 (FCCC/ADP/2014/4). The outputs of ADP 2-7 include the election of the new Co-Chairs and the transmission of text contained in document FCCC/ADP/2014/L.5 to the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to inform further consultations on the text that would eventually be adopted by the COP. [Scenario Note for ADP 2-8] [UNFCCC Report of ADP 2-7] [IISD RS Coverage of the Lima Climate Change Conference] [IISD RS Coverage of ADP 2-8]


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