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ADP Continues Discussing Elements for a 2015 Agreement and Pre-2020 Ambition

world-conference-center-bonn6 May 2013: “Countries discussed concrete solutions to speed up and scale up action and they are committed to sticking to their own timetable,” said Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reporting on discussions held during the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2).

ADP 2 met in Bonn, Germany, from 29 April-3 May 2013, bringing together approximately 600 parties and 800 observers. ADP 2 was structured around workshops and roundtable discussions, based on the ADP's two workstreams on the 2015 agreement (Workstream 1) and pre-2020 ambition (Workstream 2).

Issues addressed under Workstream 1 included setting the scene and possible elements for the 2015 agreement. Workstream 2 discussed means to enhance ambition for the pre-2020 period, with many parties suggesting further discussing energy efficiency, renewable energy, fossil fuel subsidies and complementary activities. Many developing countries drew attention to the need for developed countries to expedite ratification of the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol adopted in Doha, Qatar, in 2012, whereby parties established a second commitment period.

Many delegates said the organization of work around roundtables and workshops was helpful in moving the ADP discussions forward. Several delegates noted, however, that the ADP needs to become more focused and interactive in future sessions. ADP Co-Chairs Jayant Moreshver Mauskar (India) and Harald Dovland (Norway) stated that discussions during the week were rich and that "we are working in a more focused mode with clear and precise inputs coming from all."

At the end of the week, ADP 2 suspended its session with a view to resuming it in the context of the Bonn Climate Change Conference that will take place from 3-14 June 2013. [IISD RS Coverage of ADP 2] [UNFCCC Executive Secretary's Statement] [UN Press Release] [Workshop on Low-emission Development Opportunities Website]