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FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 5, MAY 1999

UNFCCC Technical Workshop

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To develop more fully the technical aspects and methods to be used for joint implementation, the clean development mechanism, and emissions trading, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held a Technical Workshop on Mechanisms Under Articles 6, 12, and 17 of the Kyoto Protocol on April 9-15, 1999 in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany. The goal was to define these three mechanisms in sufficient detail that the Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-6) could make decisions about them. About 100 invited participants attended, including representatives from party governments, U.N. agencies, intergovernmental panels, and nongovernmental organizations. Topics that were deemed worthy of further consideration by the Conference of Parties and of inclusion in the FCCC included the incorporation of guidelines for joint implementation; a definition of the verification process; specific methods for conducting reference cases, establishing baselines, and carrying out monitoring; funding for the CDM; guidelines for registries; guidelines for reporting, verifying, and establishing accountability in emissions trading; methods for capacity building in developing countries; additionality for project-based mechanisms; examination of the linkages among the three mechanisms considered at the workshop; and the development of a common terminology to facilitate further discussions. A technical workshop on Protocol issues related to World Trade Organisation rules was also proposed. No formal conclusions were prepared by the workshop, but a report will be presented to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies meeting in June. A full summary of this meeting is available.

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