Joint forum/platform of the SBI and SBSTA

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Date produced: 07/12/2012

What is the joint forum/platform under the SBI and SBSTA in the context of the text proposed on loss and damage?

Summary:

The joint forum/platform of the SBI and SBSTA is a forum for consolidating information in order to continue the work programme on loss and damage by drawing on the ongoing work under the subsidiary bodies and constituted bodies. It’s main objective is to support the consideration by the COP of actions needed to enhance knowledge and expertise by elaborating on the work plan on loss and damage by COP19.

The joint forum/platform is not a mechanism for addressing loss and damage nor does it contemplate one directly. Rather, it aims to support the COP’s consideration of actions to mobilise financial and technical support in order to develop and operationalise approaches to address loss and damage in the future.

Advice:

The joint forum/platform of the SBI and SBSTA is a forum for consolidating information in order to continue the work programme on loss and damage by drawing on the ongoing work under the subsidiary bodies and constituted bodies. It’s main objective is to support the consideration by the COP of actions needed to enhance knowledge and expertise by elaborating on the work plan on loss and damage by COP19.

The excerpted text is a compromise proposed by the EU to bridge the gap between the AOSIS proposal (establishing a dedicated loss and damage mechanism) and the US proposal (keeping loss and damage discussion and treatment decentralised and dealt with under different bodies as appropriate).

The compromise text establishes a joint forum/platform of the SBI and SBSTA to continue the consideration of matters relevant to loss and damage in the context of the continuation of the work programme on loss and damage, and in order to support the consideration by the COP of what actions may be needed to advance/enhance work and knowledge on this issue.

Several convention and constituted entities are either requested or invited to consider, as appropriate, matters which are relevant to loss and damage. Invitations and requests to consider are generally permissive. In addition, inviting bodies to consider “relevant” matters and only “as appropriate” reinforces the current approach of considering loss and damage in various bodies that deal with particular aspects in a disjoint and possibly fragmented way.

There is no mechanism on loss and damage established or contemplated in the text and the joint forum/platform appears to be just what it sounds like, a forum for sharing considerations and outcomes under the different bodies with a view to enhancing the understanding, knowledge and capacity-building to address loss and damage.

As a result, the compromise text is closer to the US approach than it is to the AOSIS approach since there is no mechanism for addressing loss and damage nor concrete contemplation of one. Rather, it aims to support the COP’s consideration of actions to mobilise financial and technical support in order to develop and operationalise approaches to address loss and damage in the future.