Summary: Information / Discussion
As a way to look forward to the next steps after the Kyoto-protocol Mr. Michael
Williams fo the International Panel on Climatic Changes (IPCC) introduced the three presenters, who went into more detail
regarding the protocol,
its mechanisms and the work of the IPCC.
The session was co-presented by Mr. Geoff Love, member of the UN Environment Programme, Ms. Annie Roucerel, UN Institute for
Training and Research (UNITAR), and Ms. Catherine Ferrier, University of Geneva. During the hour-long presentation, the presenters introduced the Kyoto-protocol and its effects on global climatic policies.
Mr. Love introduced the IPCC, why it is important to have it and how it works. He underlined, that climatic change is a serious global-scale issue that
Governments need to address in a coordinated way. He presented different models, such as the model for changes over time in the global net carbon uptake on land.
Ms. Annie Roucerel introduced the Kyoto-protocol and described its background and different main topics, referring especially to the emission reduction targets, the domestic policies and measures, the involvement of the private sector and the cooperative mechanisms. She
provided different examples for developing countries, in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, concluding that capacity building is a long-term
Ms. Catherine Ferrier also described the Kyoto-protocol, explaining in detail how it works and what its aim is. Introducing its three mechanisms and giving examples, she also showed its advantages and problems, and concluded that we need an observance system to make sure that the alliances between the countries are respected.
A participant pointed out that the US had not signed the Kyoto-protocol, which,
he believed, was a problem. Mr. Love answered that the US is only one country out of many and that 55% of the emissions could be reduced without the US.
According to him, the key country is not so much the United States but Russia.
The conclusion was reached, that NGOs have to play a more active role as observers on country levels in the discussions on climatic changes.
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