UNFCCC Publishes Further AWG-KP Documentation

20 July 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an updated (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/INF.2) compilation of pledges for emission reductions and related assumptions provided by parties, and the associated emission reductions.

The document provides background information on pledges and related assumptions from parties, an overview of these pledges and estimates prepared by the Secretariat of the emission reductions for Annex I Parties that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol individually and in aggregate, in accordance with the pledges. It also provides an overview of the information and estimates of possible contribution of factors, such as the use of the Kyoto Protocol mechanisms and land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) to achieving emissions reductions in accordance with the pledges.

The UNFCCC Secretariat has also published a note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/10) on legal considerations relating to a possible gap between the first and subsequent commitment periods. This note provides information on the gap that may arise in relation to the entry into force of amendments to the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9, which identifies legal options aimed at ensuring that there is no gap between the first and subsequent commitment periods and describes the legal consequences and implications of a such a gap.

These documents will be considered by the 13th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 13), which will take place from 2-6 August 2010, in Bonn, Germany. [Updated Compilation of Pledges] [Note on Kyoto Protocol Legal Considerations]