UNFCCC Releases ADP Summaries of Warsaw Workshops and Special Event

UNFCCC6 February 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released three documents summarizing two workshops and one special event organized under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November 2013.The documents summarize: a workshop on lessons learned from relevant experience of other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); a workshop on pre-2020 ambition: urbanization and the role of governments in facilitating climate action in cities; and an ADP Co-Chairs' special event with observers.

The workshop on lessons learned from other MEAs explored approaches, ways and arrangements under other MEAs of relevance for the UNFCCC's work in facilitating results on pre-2020 ambition. Part I of the workshop included three “scene-setting” interventions on relevant MEA experiences regarding: the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES); the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); and the Montreal Protocol. Part II included a general discussion on: the approaches to and arrangements for increasing ambition that other MEAs have employed; and the extent to which these could be replicated in the UNFCCC framework.

The workshop on urbanization addressed practical, results-oriented approaches to increasing pre-2020 ambition through addressing sectors with high mitigation potential, including sustainable transport and building sector policies. More specifically, the workshop focused on the government's role in incentivizing action in cities, including by highlighting the leadership role taken by cities in both developed and developing countries, and private sector and civil society efforts to support local governments and cities.

The ADP Co-Chairs' s special event with observers aimed to highlight the growing interest in the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other non-State actors in climate action and the positive impact they are having. In addition, the event provided an opportunity for sharing ideas regarding how such observers could catalyze action to enhance pre-2020 ambition and shape the 2015 agreement. [Publication: Workshop on Lessons Learned from Relevant Experience of other MEAs] [Publication: Workshop on Pre-2020 Ambition and Urbanization] [Publication: ADP Co-Chairs' Special Event with Observers]