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UNFCCC PARTIES AGREE ON ADDITIONAL MEETING SESSIONS BEFORE COP 16

The ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9) and the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11) took place from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany. Approximately 1760 participants attended the meeting, representing governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, the private sector and media organizations. The meeting was the first round of negotiations under both AWGs after the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 5), held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009.

The main objective of the Bonn session was to agree on the organization and methods of work in 2010, including additional meeting time. The AWG-LCA adopted conclusions on organization and methods of work in 2010. The AWG-LCA invited its Chair to prepare, under her own responsibility, a text to facilitate negotiations among Parties, in time for the May/June sessions in Bonn. AWG-KP 11 adopted conclusions on consideration of Annex I further commitments and the work programme for 2010 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/L.2). It agreed, inter alia, to: focus in 2010 on Annex I parties' aggregate and individual emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and to continue working on “other issues;” and hold two sessions between AWG-KP 12 in June and COP/MOP 6 in November-December 2010. The AWG-KP also noted that Chair Ashe has undertaken to meet with the AWG-LCA Chair to identify information on commitments of Annex I Parties and make this information available to parties.

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UNFCCC press release, 11 April 2010

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