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COP18 kicks off in Qatar

This week, the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference kicks off in Doha, Qatar. The conference takes place from November 26th through December 7th and includes the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 8). Over the course of the two weeks, the COP and CMP sessions will convene, along with five subsidiary bodies: the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Ad Hoc Working Group on Annex I Parties’ Further Commitments under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). ‘

The COP will discuss progress made over this past year including that of the new ADP, established last year with a mandate to develop a protocol, other legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties by 2015. The CMP is anticipated to adopt amendments to the Kyoto Protocol for the second commitment period, to begin January 1, 2013. The AWG-LCA is expected to present its final outcome to the COP and conclude its work.

Over the course of the next two weeks, Climatico will provide updates on the conference on its dedicated COP18/CMP8 page. In order to help you track country positions during the conference, Climatico has also put together a Summary of G8+5 Country Climate Change Positions. This summary is part of a larger report on the G8+5 positions to be released in January 2013.

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