12th Meeting of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV, Warsaw, November 2013
The 12th meeting of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV was convened in the margins of the United Nations climate summit in Warsaw on Sunday, 17 November 2013. The session was co-chaired by Alf Wills (South African Department of Environmental Affairs), Jechul Yoo (Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea) and Karsten Sach (German Federal Environment Ministry). Sixty partners from about 27 countries as well as several representatives from think tanks took part in the discussion.
Left picture: Hanchang Choi (Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea); right picture: three chairs of the meeting Alf Wills (South African Department of Environmental Affairs), Dr. Karsten Sach (German Federal Environment Ministry), Jechul Yoo (Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea)
The main focus of the meeting was on key concepts emerging from the United Nations climate negotiations relating to mitigation and measuring, reporting and verification (MRV). Under the theme ‘Demystifying key concepts of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP)’ participants discussed commitments for all countries in the context of the 2015 agreement, ex-ante and ex-post transparency requirements, and the way forward for raising ambition to reach and maintain the global goal. An important issue was also how to judge, in a ‘fair’ manner, the individual mitigation efforts of countries given the different national circumstances.
The meeting concluded with a session on strategic priorities and needs concerning future activities of the Partnership. Some of the issues raised by participants were the implementation of the ‘MRV-package’, ‘ex-ante transparency rules’, and ‘linking national effort with the international debate’.
In general, the Partnership was acknowledged as good platform for informal and trustful exchange which delivers important input for the work on pre- and post-2020 commitments. It was agreed that the approach of linking negotiators and practitioners on the one hand and the national and international level on the other was valuable and should be maintained in the future.