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ROAD-MAP-COPENHAGEN by xiaohuicaicai


									         ROAD TO COPENHAGEN
           Legal perspectives

  Article 3.9 of the Kyoto Protocol states that

 “Commitments for subsequent periods for Parties
    included in Annex I shall be established in
  amendments to Annex B to this Protocol, which
shall be adopted in accordance with the provisions
  of Article 21, paragraph 7. The Conference of
the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties
to this Protocol shall initiate the consideration of
  such commitments at least seven years before
 the end of the first commitment period referred
             to in paragraph 1 above.”
    At CMP 1 in 2005, the Parties by their
decision 1/CMP.1, decided
 “to initiate a process to consider further
commitments for Parties included in Annex I for the
period beyond 2012 in accordance with Article 3,
paragraph 9, of the Protocol” and

to establish an open-ended ad hoc working group of
Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) to undertake
this work.

to complete its work and have its results adopted
by the CMP as early as possible and in time to ensure
that there is no gap between the first and second
commitment periods.
      Five sessions planned for the rest of the year

AWG-KP- 7 sessions between May 2006 and March/April 2009
• SB30 from 1 -12 June;
• 10 -14 Aug 2009: Informal meeting of AWG-LCA and AWG-
• 28 Sep - 09 Oct 2009: 7TH session of AWG-LCA and 9TH
    session of AWG-KP;
• 02 Nov - 06 Nov 2009: Resumed seventh session of the
    AWG-LCA and resumed ninth session of the AWG-KP;
• 07 Dec - 18 Dec 2009: COP 15 and CMP 5 and 31st sessions of
    SBs, 8th session of AWG-LCA and 10th session of AWG-KP;
•   Heavy schedule of meetings in the period leading to
Article 21, para. 3 of the Kyoto Protocol provides that
“The text of any proposed annex or an amendment to an annex
shall be communicated to the Parties by the secretariat at least
six month before the meeting at which it is proposed for
adoption. …………………… ”

In accordance with this provision, the text of any proposed
amendment to Annex B to be adopted at the Copenhagen
Conference in December will have to be communicated by the
secretariat to all Parties by 17 June 2009. This text will be
further refined, amended, revised and ready for adoption at
   In Accordance with Article 20, para 2 of the KP

• Amendments other than those proposed for Annex B,
  shall also be communicated to all Parties by the
  secretariat by the same date of 17 June 2009

• Parties will continue to work on the basis of these
  proposed amendments until the final text is adopted
  in Copenhagen.
      Parties differ on the interpretation of the
               mandate of the AWG-KP.

• Developed Countries want the mandate of the AWG-KP to be
interpreted broadly to cover improvements to the CDM, emissions
trading and joint implementation as well as the addition of new gases
to Annex A. Some are even advocating the merger of the 2 AWGs
in order to promote coherence.

• Developing countries on the other hand are calling for a narrow
interpretation of the mandate of the AWG-KP, which will entail only
amendments to Annex B and any consequential amendments flowing
from it. According to the developing countries, anything beyond this
would be outside of the mandate of the AWG-KP.
          The Chair has deferred any decision on the
    interpretation of the mandate and this has resulted in
          his being asked to prepare two documents.

•      A proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant
       to its Article 3, paragraph 9.

•      A text on other issues outlined in the report on its
       resumed sixth session. These issues include improvements
       to the CDM , Emissions Trading, Joint Implementation and
       Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry.

 Amendment to Annex B plus the consequential

 Amendment to Annex B plus other amendments to
  the Kyoto Protocol.

 New Protocol to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
                   The United States Factor

• The European Union, Japan, Australia and other Annex I
    Parties are eager to see the United States, the second
    largest emitter of greenhouse gases become engaged in
    international efforts to address climate change.
•   President Clinton was unable to get the Senate to ratify the
    Kyoto Protocol and President Bush did not even try. President
    Obama is a sign of fresh air and has brought some hope with
    his commitment to engage with the international community on
    the issue of climate change
•   The US wants the major developing countries to take on
    specific emission reduction commitments.
•    Just last week, President Obama announced new measures
    to reduce emissions from motor vehicles and to reduce the
    consumption of fossil fuels in the US.
•   The US is doing a lot domestically, but it will take a lot more
    at Copenhagen to get them on board.
    Ad Hoc Working Group on the Long-term
    Cooperative Action under the Convention

                    BALI ACTION PLAN

•The COP 13 held in Bali, Dec. 2007, launched a process to negotiate
a global concerted action on climate change up to and beyond 2012.

• “The Bali Road Map” initiated a negotiating process, with a view to
concluding its work by COP 15. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the
Long Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWGLCA)
established at the Bali Conference has since held five sessions, the
latest being the Bonn session held from 29 March to 8 April 2009.
The ongoing negotiations in the AWGLCA are
expected to result in an agreement on the five
main pillars of the Bali Action Plan.
  (a) A shared vision for LCA
  (b) Enhanced national/international action on
  mitigation of climate change;
  (c) Enhanced action on adaptation;
  (d) Enhanced action on technology development
  and transfer to support action on mitigation and
  adaptation; and
  (e) Enhanced action on the provision of financial and
  investment to support action on mitigation and
  adaptation and technology cooperation.

• Several COP decisions on issues being addressed
  under the Bali Action Plan,
• No amendments to Convention possible at Copenhagen
  due to six months rule. A process could be set in
  motion to consider amendment proposals to be
  adopted at a future date.
• A new Protocol to replace Kyoto Protocol.
                   ENTRY INTO FORCE

•Article 20, paragraph 4 states that

“Instruments of acceptance in respect of an amendment shall be
deposited with the Depositary. An amendment adopted in
accordance with paragraph 3 above shall enter into force for
those Parties having accepted it on the ninetieth day after the
date of receipt by the Depositary of an acceptance by at least
three-fourths of the Parties to the Protocol.”

 This provision is one which could be considered as a
major drawback to the speedy entry into force of an
amendment to Annex B.
 The process of obtaining the required instruments of
acceptance to trigger entry into force can be a
lengthy process.
• The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in December 1997 and opened
  for signature on 18 March 1998. It entered into force in 2005
  after a period of almost eight years. The amendment to enable
  Belarus to be included in Annex B was adopted at the CMP 2 in
  Nairobi in 2006 and has received only 12 acceptances as at the
  end of December 2008.

• The Parties may wish to consider the provisional application of
  the amendments pending entry into force. Under Article 25 of
  the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a treaty or
  amendments to a treaty is applied provisionally if it so provides
  or if the Parties have in some other manner so agreed. When a
  treaty has a provisional application clause, the obligation of the
  Party is created by its participation in the adoption.

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