Mitigation of climate change

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The Bali Action Plan adopted at the conclusion of the COP13 conference on global warming included a commitment to negotiate on four key pillars to a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol. One of these four, other than the development of a shared vision, was to "Enhanced national/international action on mitigation of climate change.[1]:

Plan Provisions

In particular, the plan outlined that the elements of mitigation to be addressed included[1]:

(i) "Measurable, reportable and verifiable nationally appropriate mitigation commitments or actions, including quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives, by all developed country Parties, while ensuring the comparability of efforts among them, taking into account differences in their national circumstances;"
(ii) "Nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country Parties in the context of sustainable development, supported and enabled by technology, financing and capacity-building, in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner;"
(iii) "Policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries;"
(iv) "Cooperative sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions, in order to enhance implementation of Article 4, paragraph 1(c), of the Convention.

(The action plan section on mitigation also included general commitments to using markets to promote mitigation actions and to encourage an expanded role for multilateral agencies, private, public and NGO groups in supporting mitigation).

The other key elements of the Bali Action Plan were

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  1. 1.0 1.1 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, "Report of the Conference of the Parties on its thirteenth session, held in Bali from 3 to 15 December 2007: Addendum", United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, March 14, 2008, pages 3-6.

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