IGES - UNESCAP Coorganised Asia-Pacific Dialogue
on innovative options for promoting Asia to participate in the future climate regime

5 April 2006
On 29 March, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organised a meeting in Bangkok entitled "Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Innovative Options for Non-Annex 1 Countries' Participation for Climate Change Action." Options were discussed to promote the participation of Asian developing countries in the future climate regime.

It is anticipated that greenhouse gas emissions in Asian developing countries will significantly increase in the near future. After the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol in February 2005, many of these countries have positively promoted Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects that contribute to GHG emissions reduction. They are further expected to participate in the future climate regime and make efforts to reduce their GHG emissions. In order to promote their participation, we should prepare various policy options based on their interests, including a review of the CDM administrative procedures.

About thirty participants representing the governments, academia, non-governmental organisations and leading research institutions participated in the dialogue. Diversified political measures such as the concept of a unilateral CDM linked to the Certified Emission Reductions (CER) discounting scheme, as well as the well-known approaches of "policy CDM" and "the relaxation of CDM additionality" were highlighted and the feasibility of each option and its merits/demerits for Asian developing countries were discussed. IGES and UNESCAP plan to discuss this theme further and disseminate the results to governmental committees, international meetings and other official channels, with the aim of contributing to the policy-making process.

For enquiries about this press release please contact:
Mr. Tomonori SUDO
Senior Policy Researcher, IGES Climate Policy Project

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES)
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3734 Fax: +81-46-855-3709
(Ms. Kido, PR Officer)

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