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ICAO Addresses its Collaboration with the UNFCCC at AWG-KP6

25 August 2008: In a statement to the First Part of the

Sixth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I

Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP6), which took place in Accra, Ghana,

from 21-27 August 2008, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

referred to recent developments in the field of environmental protection,

including: progress made by ICAO's Committee on Aviation Environmental

Protection in prioritizing and intensifying all activities related to

greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); and the holding of the second meeting of the

Group on International Aviation and Climate Change, where the possible

establishment of short, medium and long term goals for fuel burn was discussed.

ICAO recalled that various groups within the Organization will develop a programme

of action for international aviation and climate change to be considered at an

ICAO High-Level meeting in time for it to be presented at the fifteenth

Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen, in December 2009. ICAO

underscored the importance of its collaboration with the UNFCCC and called on

state representatives to align their respective views and positions at the two

fora. Noting that the AWG-LCA will be considering sectoral approaches, the

Organization indicated that it would provide an overview of the specificities

of international aviation emissions and potential conflicts with existing legal

frameworks and established practices and procedures; and will organize a side

event on this subject. [The

Statement]