Informal Dialogue on Response Measures
Under the UNFCCC process, the impacts of the implementation of response measures is understood as the effects arising from the implementation of mitigation policies and actions taken by Parties under the Convention. These impacts can both be positive as well as negative, and the convention seeks to minimize the negative, and maximise the positive impacts.
Article 4.15 of the new climate change agreement, agreed in Paris in December 2015, covers the forum on response measures, whose functions, work programme, and modalities have been developed over the last 3 years, and agreed upon at COP 24 in Katwice. The work programme was extended to four areas:
- Economic diversification and transformation;
- Just transition of the workforce, and the creation of decent work and quality jobs;
- Assessment and analysis of the impacts of the implementation of response measures; and
- Facilitating the development of tools and methodologies to assess the impacts of the implementation of response measures.
At the next meeting of the subsidiary bodies in June (SB 50), a six-year work plan of the forum has to be developed, with a mid-term review taking place at SB 56.
ERCST hosts the “Informal dialogue on Response Measures", a project that aims to create an informal dialogue where the participants (mostly negotiators) can explore, discover, explain and understand different points of view related to the issues under the Forum of Response Measures. The current objective is to further the understanding of the options available to define the six-year work plan. The Informal Dialogue will also be a place where substantive issues that have not been included in the UNFCCC Agenda of the Informal Forum can be discussed.
What is also very important is, to the extent that participants are willing to explain, to understand the different views, and more importantly, WHY these views are held.
Discussions are generally started with a presentation and followed by reflections from the participating negotiators. With the aim of having free and informal discussions, they will be held under Chatham House rules (views expressed can be quoted but cannot be attributed to any of the participants).
Above all, this process is totally separated from the UNFCCC negotiating process. This is simply a process to allow for discussions in an informal setting of issues that participants want to have a better understanding related to views and specific issues, and above all, to the extent possible, why these views are held.