TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Feb08/01)
14 February 2008
New York, 12 Feb (Martin Khor) -- The first meeting of the new ad hoc working group on long-term cooperative action (AWGLCA), set up under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will be held in Bangkok on 31 March to 4 April.
working group had been established at the UNFCCC conference of parties
Decision adopted on the Bali Action Plan at Bali launched "a comprehensive
process to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of
the Convention through long-term cooperative action, now, up to and
beyond 2012, in order to reach an agreed outcome and adopt a decision
at its fifteenth session of the COP at
notification dated 11 February at the UNFCCC website made by its executive
secretary Yvo de Boer said that the first session of the AWGLCA would
be held at the premises of ESCAP (the UN Economic and Social Commission
On the same dates, the fifth session of the ad hoc working group on the further commitments of Annex I parties under the Kyoto Protocol will also be held, said the announcement.
This working group has been negotiating the emission reduction commitments of the developed countries in Annex I of the UNFCCC for a second period, after the expiry of the first commitment period, which ends in 2008.
notification also added that as indicated by its Chairman, the G77 and
The announcement ends weeks of speculation by governments and NGOs as to when and where the inaugural meeting of the AWGLCA will be held.
At the closing plenary of the Bali conference, Pakistan, representing the G77 and China, had requested that the meetings of the working group be held in either New York or Geneva, because the G77 members have Missions in these two UN capitals that could enable a stronger representation of the developing countries in the meetings, which are considered crucial for developing the terms of the framework of action on climate change of the future.
to the decision in