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Nov 28 12

Technical, But Important Issues Loom Large in Doha

The following post is from Michael Williams, Senior Policy and Legislative Advocate. 

The climate talks in Doha began this week. While this round of talks will likely be focused on technical matters and not result in an Earth-shattering agreement ( http://nyti.ms/UoTW1G), there are three overriding issues that need to be addressed to achieve success: A proper resolution of the LCA – which is United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) shorthand for Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action Under the Convention otherwise known as the track that includes the full participation of the US; an extension of the Kyoto track (the track that most explicitly does not include the US); and continued development of the promising negotiating track developed in Durban (this includes incorporating the soon-to-be wrapped up LCA track and making progress on a few major issues related to financing and adaptation). 

At this point in the COP (UNFCCC shorthand for Conference of the Parties, otherwise known as the yearly climate negotiations), it seems we are in presentation mode. I sat in on the Joint Subsidiary Body forum on the impact of implementation of response measures this morning. It was an opportunity for countries, groups of countries, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to lay out what has been done to transition to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) society and what else needs to be done to explicitly meet the goals of Decision 8/CP17: Area h from last year's COP in Durban. I strongly encourage you to check out the presentations, which should be posted here: http://unfccc.int/7113.