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Cablegate: Uk's Key Bali Objectives

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TAGS: SENV ENRG KGHG UK
SUBJECT: UK'S KEY BALI OBJECTIVES

REF STATE 159374

1. (SBU) The following are points
from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's
Climate Security Team regarding the
United Kingdom's key objectives for
the Bali Summit on Climate Change. HMG has targeted goals for
aviation and maritime emissions and reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) targets. The
objectives on finance and technology transfer fit well
with recent USG public statements. Both HMG and
the USG support the creation of a framework
during the Bali Summit. Absent from
the HMG talking points is any mention of sustainable
economic development in the developing world as an
outcome.

2. (SBU) Begin UK points:

The Bali Roadmap: agreement by all Parties to engage
in a comprehensive, twin-tracked (see below)
negotiation process to be completed in 2009, with an
accelerated work program and interim milestones to
review progress.

UN Framework Convention track:
- Conversion of the UNFCCC Dialogue into a
negotiation track on further action by developing
countries;

- Recognition of continuing informal discussions and
negotiations to explore options for further action by
all countries through external processes (e.g. G8,
Gleneagles Dialogue, US Major Economies Meeting), and
provision for outcomes from such processes to feed
back into the Convention track.

Kyoto Protocol track

- Continuation of negotiations under the Ad-hoc
Working Group (AWG) towards new Kyoto Protocol
commitments for developed countries;

- 2008 Article 9 review of the Kyoto Protocol to
cover range of issues, including flexible mechanisms,
sectoral approaches and aviation and maritime
emissions.

Shared Vision: Negotiation process to be guided by
overarching aim of limiting the global average
temperature increase to not more than 2 'C above pre-
industrial levels, and a goal/yardstick of reducing
global emissions to at least 50% below 1990 levels by
2050.

- Forward work program: agreement that this should
cover the following broad areas of substance:

- Deeper absolute emission reduction commitments by
developed countries;

- Further fair and effective contributions by other
countries, including incentives set by new and
flexible types of commitments, to reduce the
greenhouse gas emission intensity of economic
development;

- Extending the carbon market, including innovative
and enhanced flexible mechanisms;

- Increasing cooperation on technology research,
development, diffusion, deployment and transfer;

- Enhancing efforts to address adaptation, including
risk management instruments, finance and technologies
for adaptation;

- addressing emissions from international aviation
and maritime transportation, making further use of the
expertise, experience and work of relevant
international organizations;

- Reducing emissions from deforestation and enhancing
sinks by sustainable forest management and land use
practices.

Adaptation

- Agree governance arrangements for Adaptation Fund
so that it can become operational;

- Agree to develop a new "Framework for Action on
Adaptation" which takes a holistic view of support and

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provides a structure for stakeholder engagement and
funding.

Technology

- Launch of a new body to progress a long-term and
enhanced technology transfer framework feeding into a
2009 agreement, including:

- Identifying financing needs and gaps, with
recommendations on how to overcome these;

- Development of performance indicators to measure
and evaluate commitments under the framework;

- Scaling up joint R&D between developed and
developing countries and among developing countries.

Investment and Finance

- Positive outcome from Finance Ministers meeting
(also taking place in Bali) which recognizes the scale
and urgency of the problem but also that action on
climate change is consistent with economic growth and
development, and which acknowledges the key role of
finance in ensuring mitigation, adaptation and
technological development.

- Recognition of key role of finance in ensuring
mitigation, adaptation and technological development,
and importance of financial commitments from developed
countries (such as the UK's Environmental
Transformation Fund, worth Q800m over 3 years) and of
the role of the IFIs in delivering that finance.

- Impetus for further development of the carbon
market, including through use of innovative and
enhanced flexible mechanisms.

- Delivery of sufficient finance to underpin
negotiation process.

Deforestation

- Agree a framework for voluntary participation by
developing countries in a scheme to provide positive
incentives to reduce emission from deforestation,
including a set of indicative national baselines with
long term responsibility for stocks.

- Positive support for piloting, thereby facilitating
linkage to activities by other organizations and
stakeholders, including the World Bank proposal for a
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

- A process for deciding what happens post-2012, to
allow the linkage of deforestation negotiations into
the broader negotiations on a post-2012 agreement.

End points.

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