In December 2010, as part of the language agreed to by Parties to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, it was determined that the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) should develop guidance relating to paragraph 71(d) by COP-17. Paragraph 71(d) refers to the development of a system to provide information on how the safeguards in Annex 1 of the Cancun Agreements are being addressed and respected (also referred to as the “safeguard information system” or SIS)
In June 2011, Parties to the UNFCCC discussed the development of a guidance document that would outline what information should be included in the SIS to track how safeguards referred to in Appendix I to decision 1/CP.16 are addressed and respected. SBSTA subsequently invited Parties and accredited observers to submit their views on such methodological guidance.
Submissions were welcomed on: characteristics; design; provision of information; potential barriers, if any, to providing information on addressing and respecting safeguards; and other relevant issues.
SBSTA received 26 submissions in total, 14 from Parties and 12 from Observers. While most submissions followed the structure suggested by SBSTA in June, they often covered substantively different topics under each heading. In an effort to bring greater clarity to discussions surrounding the SIS, ClientEarth and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have divided produced a mapping of the submissions under four categories:
1. The role of the Safeguard Information System
2. The type of information that parties should provide
3. How to collect and provide information
4. Other elements of the International Safeguard System
|Published||January 1, 2012|