Interesting climate-change related information were shared by various UN agencies and Convention bodies at the UNFCCC's Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) meeting, held on the 8th and 9th February, on the side-line of the Geneva climate talks.
The second part of the fourth session of the SED resumed in Geneva following the adjournment of the first part at the 20 th Conference of Parties (COP20), in Lima, in December last year. It
continued with Part 3 and Part 4 of the fourth and final session of the SED.
The meeting started with Part 3 of the meeting looking at information from United Nations agencies and international organisations, and from processes under the Convention in the afternoon of 8 th Feb. Part 4 which focused on regional and emerging information took place in two sessions on 9 th Feb.
Presentations were followed by discussions centred on two themes. Theme 1 was on the adequacy of the long-term global goal in the light of the ultimate objective of the Convention while theme 2 was on the overall progress made towards achieving the long-term global goal, including a consideration of the commitments under the Convention.
(The SED was set up to support the work of the joint contact group of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), to
ensure the scientific integrity of the 2015-2015 Review and to consider the relevant inputs through scientific workshops and expert meetings. The first in-session workshop was held during the SB38 in June 2013 and subsequent sessions during following SBs meetings.)
The meeting was presided over by co-facilitators Zouji (China) and Andreas Fischlin (Switzerland).
In his opening remarks, Chair of the SBSTA, Tomasz Chruszczow (Poland) said the review of the adequacy of the long-term global goal calls for a science-based management pathway. He said it is essential for SBSTA and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to collaborate closely to make sure the assessment of the pathway
is carried out.
Noting that the IPCC is also at the turning point in its history and discussing its future work including terms of the next assessment cycle, Chruszczow said the coordination among the two bodies will be of key importance in 2016. (The IPCC has been following a seven-year assessment cycle and there has been talk of it adjusting its cycle period to a shorter period to better assist in formulating the global policy on climate change under the UNFCCC.) He said the coordination will further strengthen the science-policy interface, adding that the 2013-2015 Review has been a step forward in that direction.
Chair of the SBI, Amena Yauvoli (Fiji) said the 2013-2105 Review comes at an extremely timely part in the UNFCCC process and in global climate policy in general. He said Parties were in a critical decade for climate policy-making and 2015 is a key year.
He said the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) of the IPCC showed that total anthropogenic emissions has continued to increase over 1970 to 2010 with absolute increase towards at the end of the period despite growing number of global policies.
According to AR5 report, he said limiting temperature rise to 2°C in the context of a risk management approach as a basis for decision-making is still technically feasible. He ...