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Meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation National Communications from Parties Not Included in Annex I (Agenda Item 4)

Delegation of the United States
Statement to the Fourteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Poznan, Poland
December 2, 2008

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

The national communications of all Parties are a critical component of our efforts to address climate change, and they should be guided by our commitment to achieving the ultimate objective of the Convention.

The United States remains firmly committed to helping ensure that non-Annex I Parties have the full capacity to meet their commitment to prepare national inventories of greenhouse gases and national communications.

Mr. Chairman, what we are dealing with here are the fundamental building blocks of efforts under the Convention.

It will be impossible to assess our collective progress in achieving this objective if all greenhouse emitters do not regularly submit greenhouse gas inventories or report on the steps they are taking to address other important elements of Article 4, paragraph 1.

Significant change has taken place since the Convention was agreed upon in 1992. First, a number of non-Annex 1 Parties are now among the largest economies and largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. Second, the capacity of most non-Annex 1 Parties to produce high quality national communications has increased substantially in the past sixteen years. Third, significant funds, training and other forms of technical support have been and continue to be provided for this purpose. We look forward to working with other Parties in discussing this agenda item in the context of current economic and emissions trends.

Finally, the United States remains dedicated to renewing the mandate of the Consultative Group of Experts, who we commend for contributing significantly to strengthening the capacity of non-Annex I Parties to submit national communications of quality. The United States is confident we can move our discussions forward on this issue here in Poznan.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


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