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Updates from the Front 04
6 June 2013

NWP Looming

The G77/China parried attempts by US to link LD matters to the NWP which can be an attempt by Annex 1 parties to dilute the substance of the Warsaw Mandate for LD by forwarding critical issues like slow onset events into an information portal like the NWP.

This was also noted in the agriculture front where certain developed country parties are trying to bring in agri matters into the NWP.

Meanwhile, the Philippines provided inputs on the functions, modalities, and architecture of the international mechanism on LD as an input to the development of a G77/China position on such.

But during the informal informals on LD, Annex 1 parties led by the US are resisting efforts by G77/China to further flesh out the functions, modalities, and architecture of the international mechanism as reflected in paragraphs 5,6 and 7 of Decision 3/CP.18.

Back to agriculture, the SBSTA chair held bilateral discussions with selected parties where an emerging consensus to initiate a process through workshops is evolving in the likelihood that there won’t be a text in this work stream in this session.

The Philippines also reminded the G77/China to look into LULUCF where Annex 1 parties will certainly try to migrate agri concerns in lieu of the pre-2020 ambition design process. For that matter, our delegation’s Team Adaptation (Usec. Fred Serrano, Dir. Alicia Ilaga, me) will open a new front.

On the SBI deadlock, G77/China decided not to longer hold bilateral talks with the RUBs (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus) who remained hard lined on their position on supplemental provisional agenda 19 where Russia is acting like an arrogant and disrespectful like a Russian bear that it is.

We had another late night Chinese dinner last night where different recipes of the instant noodles were shared.

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