Expectations for a successful completion of the first ADP voting were not fulfilled today in Bonn due to the unwillingness of the parties to set a precedent of voting and to agree on the ADP agenda. It was until late at night that delegates finally reported an agreement on ADP agenda while ADP's chairing arrangements are yet to be confirmed.
In the AWG-KP closing plenary, Swaziland and the AFRICAN GROUP suggested that the legal status of the second commitment period should not be negotiatable and proposed a five-year commitment period respectively. The Republic of Korea stated that the second commitment period should be eight-years, suggesting that any mid-term review has to be conducted according to the scientific recommendations of IPCC. The proposal found support from the EU delegation as well, whereas Honduras, Sierra Leone and Gambia expressed their preference in a five-years second commitment period instead. Further than that, Saudi Arabia and the ARAB GROUP expressed their disappointment with the slow pace of the negotiations and referred to the primary and historic responsibility of developed countries in respect to emission reductions.
Thursday 24th of May also hosted the closing plenary of the AWG-LCA where most partied agreed on the need for further progress on adaptation and technology, including the establishment of transparency requirements for all parties, the Adaptation Framework and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Egypt, for the ARAB GROUP, highlighted the need for an additional negotiating session prior to Doha, in order to allow AWG-LCA sufficient time to reach clear agreements.
The side event agenda included a WWF/ KWF Development Bank - event on "Achieving the objective of US $100 billion by 2020", where WWF representative Mark Lutes presented the potential for financial streams from the international transport sector and furthermore suggested a global mechanism for international shipping (supported by the International Maritime Organization), in order to generate and direct revenues to developing counties.
During lunch break, YOUNGO members also protested, highlighting equity as the pathway to ambition