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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:18

Delegates with long memories (and probably more than a few gray hairs) will recall the Article 9 review. Initiated, as the KP requires, at CMP2 in Nairobi, the review failed to achieve much of note. Its second iteration, in Poznan, failed to agree to any further substance. Does anyone even remember whether it led to a third review?

In contrast, the Article 3.9 review led to agreement of commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, inscribed in Annex B to the KP (as required by the article).

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:16

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:14

ECO fought alongside many of you to win a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol. Whilst it’s not all that we wanted and it’s a shadow of its former self, it still has some valuable elements worth keeping alive in the international climate system. The international rules-based system and its common MRV system, alongside its common land use accounting rules, common base year, common sectors and gases, common commitment period (of five years) all aid transparency and understanding.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:12

 

 

EU Eyes

 

All eyes are on the EU as the European Council kicks off today

All words have been said. All pleas have been made. It is now up to our EU leaders to make the right decision for their people. ECO watches with great anticipation.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:10

ECO has done some late night soul searching and come to the conclusion that the Paris agreement will have to be fair if it is to achieve the extremely high ambition that the science demands. Equity is not just the pathway to ambition; it is also the pathway to survival.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:08
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize recipient (2014). She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women.
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:18

Many countries are already working hard to prepare their INDCs. ECO has said repeatedly that INDCs need to be assessed for adequacy (do INDCs sum up to <2°C?) and equity (are countries doing their fair share?). The INDCs must include all the elements, and also set out an assessment phase between March 2015 and Paris. This must include:

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:16

Monday’s ADP session on adaptation and loss and damage covered a lot of ground. LDCs’ call to base all adaptation actions on certain guiding principles, as agreed upon in the Cancun Adaptation Framework, set off the debate on a positive foot. Promoting a gender-sensitive and participatory approach focused on vulnerable people, communities and ecosystems are principles currently absent from the text. They should be bolstered by Parties to guarantee a people-centred, human rights-based agreement.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:14

A decision in Lima that commitment periods will operate in 5-year cycles is vital to the integrity of the Paris agreement. ECO wants to remind all delegates in Bonn that a 5-year commitment period:

Avoids lock in: current pledges are far from being consistent with the below 2°C goal, much less the 1.5°C required by the most vulnerable countries. Five-year commitment periods allow for greater dynamism and ratcheting up of global ambition.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:12

ECO is hearing rumours of a battle over the EU’s direction for a long-term goal towards a carbon-free future, and its position on INDCs. European environment ministers will meet in Brussels early next week to adopt the EU’s position towards Lima. This is an opportunity to show they are serious about building a truly fair and ambitious global climate regime. And ECO has a few tips for the EU:

Tip 1. Apply the science to enhance the action.

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