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GRENADIANS AT CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN DURBAN

St. George’s, November 29, 2011: Grenada is being represented at a United Nations Climate Change Conference in South Africa.

A team of local technical officials are in Durban attending the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They are also participating in the seventh Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7).

The Durban gathering continues until December 9 with top government officials from around the world holding high-level talks next week. They are expected to include Grenada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Karl Hood.

One focus of the high-level meeting will be on efforts to proceed on several initiatives and institutions that were the subject of decisions at a 2010 climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Decisions are also expected on a technology mechanism to promote clean energy and adaptation-related technologies, and on a framework for supporting developing countries through the use of a Green Climate Fund.

In addition, there’ll be discussions on how the international community will collaborate in tackling climate change in the future.

A decision will also be taken on the future of the Kyoto Protocol. The Protocol’s first commitment period expires in 2012.

Delegates are also using the meeting to try and develop a framework for reviewing the adequacy of, and progress towards, limiting average global temperature rise to 2°Centigrade. The review is scheduled to take place between 2013 and 2015.

The Durban meeting is viewed as an important opportunity to deliver both operational decisions and some longer-term signals on the future direction of the process of limiting average global temperature rise.

BACKGROUND TERMS

Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.   These amount to an average of five per cent against 1990 levels over the five-year period 2008-2012.

Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA)

The Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) is a subsidiary body under the Convention established by (the Bali Action Plan) to conduct 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 to be presented to the Conference of the Parties (COP) for adoption.

Conference of the Parties (COP)

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.

Meeting of the Parties (MOP)

The meeting of the Parties refers to the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) serves as the meeting of the Parties. This structure is intended to reduce costs and streamline management of the UNFCCC/Kyoto Protocol processes.

Parties to the UNFCCC that are not Parties to the Convention are still permitted to participate in Protocol-related meetings as observers.

 

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