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UNFCCC Outlines Elements of a Possible Successor Work Programme on Article 6

4 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note outlining the possible elements of a successor work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (education, training and public awareness) (FCCC/SBI/2012/5).

The note summarizes possible elements of a successor work programme on Article 6 of the Convention, drawing on submissions from Parties, relevant intergovernmental organizations and NGOs. The full submissions from Parties and intergovernmental organizations have been made available in document FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.4. The submissions received from NGOs are available on the UNFCCC website.

The note underlines that Parties and observer organizations agreed that the amended New Delhi work programme proved to be an adequate framework for country-driven action on the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention, and that a successor work programme should build on its guiding principles and follow its scope and structure. It emphasizes that no single strategy for raising awareness or building capacity would be appropriate for all countries or regions and that, therefore, the successor work programme should follow the flexible approach of the amended New Delhi work programme.

The note also addresses the guiding principles for the development of the successor work programme, and underlines that most of the activities recommended in the amended New Delhi work programme are still appropriate. It synthesizes proposals for additional activities to be implemented by Parties and other stakeholders under the successor work programme, in line with the six thematic areas identified in Article 6 of the Convention, namely education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation. [Publication: Possible Elements of a Successor Work Programme on Article 6 of the Convention] [IISD RS Story in the Release of the Submissions on Article 6]