04 June 1998          Bonn, Germany

The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) met in a joint Plenary session in the morning to continue discussions on mechanisms for cooperative implementation. In the afternoon, SBSTA discussed cooperation with relevant international organizations and national communications. SBI began discussions on the second review of the adequacy of commitments and amendments to Annexes I and II.

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CANADA tabled a discussion paper on principles, modalities, rules and guidelines for an international emissions trading regime on behalf of Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and the US. The tradable unit would be Assigned Amount Units (AAUs). AAUs would be denominated in "CO2 equivalent" and would express one metric tonne of CO2 equivalent emissions. Each Annex B Party could issue serialized AAUs from its "assigned amounts." AAUs would be valid until used to offset emissions for the purposes of contributing to compliance.
The United Kingdom, speaking for The EU, noted that the scientific knowledge that demonstrates the inadequacy of commitments is clear. He noted that Article 7 discusses review of "implementation" of the Convention, not just targets. The US noted that the objectives of the Convention cannot be achieved simply through Article 4.2(a) or (b).
The Swedish Delegation interprets the text before plenary.
At a Special Event of the FCCC, Dr. Catrinus Jepma, of the University of Groningen in Amsterdam, summarized and presented information on a cooperative implementation workshop that was held in the Netherlands and was organized by the Joint Implementation Network and ETC-Energy. Specifically, Dr. Jepma discussed the challenges of credit sharing, trading and banking within Joint Implementation, the Clean Development Mechanism and Emissions Trading.
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Holger Liptow of GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit) discusses German co-operation with developing countries on climate policies in today's CC:Forum.
Delegates in the CC:Forum listen to presenters from the Mexican Government, UNFCCC, UNDP, UNEP, CC:Train, CC:Info, and GTZ.
Jayant Sathaye of the UNFCCC presents on methods to estimate offsets from land use change and forestry.

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