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A set of key documents has been issued for the next session of the negotiating body under the UN which is tasked with raising immediate global ambition to address climate change and constructing a new, universal climate change agreement to be concluded in Paris, at the end of 2015.

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has met several times in 2014 and the next meeting will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 20 to 25 October 2014. To assist Parties in their preparations for the upcoming session, the Co-Chairs have issued a scenario note presenting their proposals on how to carry out the work of the ADP at this session.

The October meeting will focus on preparing key documents for the annual Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru at the end of this year. Draft versions of these documents have been prepared by the Co-Chairs of the ADP and are described below.

Constructing a new universal climate change agreement

Bold initiatives are needed to slow the growth in emissions before 2020, peak global emissions shortly thereafter and reach climate neutrality as soon as possible in the second half of the century to deliver the best chance of clean and resilient development for everyone.

With negotiations well under way for the new agreement, countries are in the process of elaborating the elements for a draft negotiating text. This text will serve as the foundation for the final construction of the 2015 outcome.

In March 2015, countries will put forward what they intend to contribute to the 2015 agreement in the form of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

To this end, countries are in the process of defining the type of information they will provide when they communicate their contributions and how these contributions will be considered.

These key elements need to be finally decided at the Climate Change Conference in Lima so that the submission of INDCs can commence in 2015. The October meeting will work on a draft decision that is set to be concluded in Lima.

Raising Ambition Now

The ADP has been implementing a work plan to strengthen the emission reduction ambitions of countries in the short-term.

Through Technical Expert Meetings (TEM), this process has allowed countries in 2014 to identify policy options and actions to increase emission reductions.

In October, the TEMs will focus on opportunities for action on non-CO2 greenhouse gases and carbon capture, use and storage.

The TEMs have received strong support and there is much interest in continuing the process over the next years. At the October meeting, countries will prepare a draft decision on pre-2020 ambition for consideration in Lima.

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