The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents that will support Parties in their deliberations at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, being held 7-18 November in Marrakech, Morocco.
The latest batch of documents includes the annotated agenda of the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1), a supplementary provisional agenda for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), and Parties’ views in relation to agenda items of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA).
4 November 2016: In the past week, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents that will support Parties in their deliberations at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, being held 7-18 November in Marrakech, Morocco. The latest batch of documents includes the annotated agenda of the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1), a supplementary provisional agenda for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), and Parties’ views in relation to agenda items of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA).
In addition, updates on the activities of the operating entities of the Convention’s Financial Mechanism, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as well as the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), are now available.
CMA 1 Annotated Agenda
The Secretariat has provided an annotated version (FCCC/PA/CMA/2016/1) of the CMA 1 agenda, which includes an overview of the organization of the session and details on the high-level segment. The proposed organization of the session indicates CMA 1 will open on 12 November, with consultations between the COP 22 Presidency and Parties being held leading up to and through the two-week conference in preparation for CMA 1’s work. [CMA 1 Provisional Agenda and Annotations]
COP 22 Supplementary Provisional Agenda
In response to a request by Turkey to add an item or sub-item to the COP 22 agenda, the Secretariat has released a supplementary provisional agenda (FCCC/CP/2016/1/Add.1) with a new sub-item under item 19, other matters. The note by the UNFCCC Executive Secretary indicates the supplementary agenda was produced in consultation with the President of COP 21. Annotations to the new sub-item, which is in regard to access to support from the GCF and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) for Parties whose special circumstances are recognized by the COP, indicate that “extensive consultations have been convened by the [COP 21] Presidency with Parties on the special circumstances of Turkey” since its concern was raised at the closing plenary of COP 21. [Supplementary Provisional Agenda]
Party Views on APA Agenda Items
The Secretariat continues to publish Party submissions on the various aspects of the Paris Agreement, as they are received. With regard to APA’s agenda item 3, related to nationally determined contributions (NDCs), the Secretariat has released four additional submissions (FCCC/APA/2016/INF.1/Add.2) received from: Australia; Norway; the Russian Federation; and South Africa. Eighteen other submissions received earlier are contained in FCCC/APA/2016/INF.1 and FCCC/APA/2016/INF.1/Add.1. [Parties’ Views Regarding Further Guidance in Relation to the Mitigation Section of Decision 1/CP.21]
On agenda item 4, covering the concept of an adaptation communication, including as a component of NDCs, two additional submissions were received (FCCC/APA/2016/INF.2/Add.2) from Australia and the Russian Federation. These are in addition to 16 received and compiled in FCCC/APA/2016/INF.2 and FCCC/APA/2016/INF.2/Add.1. [Parties’ Views Regarding Further Guidance in Relation to the Adaptation Communication, Including, Inter Alia, As a Component of NDCs, Referred to in Article 7.10 and 7.11 of the Paris Agreement]
Agenda item 5, the transparency framework for action and support, also received four further submissions (FCCC/APA/2016/INF.3/Add.2) from: Australia; Switzerland on behalf of the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG); Norway; and the Russian Federation. These are in addition to the 15 published earlier in FCCC/APA/2016/INF.3 and FCCC/APA/2016/INF.3/Add.1. [Parties’ Views Regarding Modalities, Procedures and Guidelines for the Transparency Framework for Action and Support Referred to in Article 13 of the Paris Agreement]
The global stocktake referred to in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement, including identifying the sources of input and its modalities, will be discussed under agenda item 6, which has received two further submissions (FCCC/APA/2016/INF.4/Add.2) from: the Russian Federation and South Africa. These are in addition to the 15 published in FCCC/APA/2016/INF.4 and FCCC/APA/2016/INF.4/Add.1. [Parties’ Views Regarding Matters Relating to the Global Stocktake Referred to in Article 14 of the Paris Agreement]
GCF, GEF and CDM Annual Reports
COP 22 is expected to review reports from the GCF and GEF under item 10 of its provisional agenda, matters relating to finance.
In accordance with its governing instrument, the GCF submitted its annual report to the COP on 17 August 2016 and resubmitted it on 26 October 2016. The Secretariat has published the revised report (FCCC/CP/2016/7/Rev.1), which includes information on the implementation of the COP’s guidance to the GCF and its Board, including policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria. The report is divided with regard to action taken as a result of COP 21 decisions and action taken under relevant decisions from COPs 17-20. The document also reports on other activities related to the term of Board membership, staffing of the GCF Secretariat and participation of observers in the GCF process. [Revised GCF Report to the COP]
The revised report is accompanied by an addendum (FCCC/CP/2016/7/Rev.1/Add.1), which includes a summary of the outcomes of the most recent GCF Board meeting, held 12-14 October 2016. In particular, the addendum highlights that, during the meeting, the Board allocated US$745 million to 10 funding proposals and accredited eight additional entities. [Revised GCF Report to the COP Addendum]
The Secretariat also published an addendum (FCCC/CP/2016/6/Add.2) to the GEF’s report to the COP, which provides an update on the operationalization of the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT). Activities undertaken by the GEF recapped in the update include the creation of templates for submissions, a consultative dialogue, efforts by the GEF Secretariat to approve the first set of projects and consultations with interested recipient countries. [GEF Report to the COP Addendum: Progress Report on the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency]
The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) is anticipated to review the report (FCCC/KP/CMP/2016/4) of the CDM Executive Board under item 4 of its provisional agenda, matters relating to the CDM. Covering the period 17 October 2015 – 17 September 2016, the report relays the Board’s efforts to improve the CDM and expand its use. The Board reports an increase in project registration in 2016 over 2015, but adds that demand for certified emission reductions (CERs) is low by comparison with the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period (CP1). The Board also puts forward recommendations for CMP 12’s consideration. [Report of the CDM Executive Board to the CMP]