Know Your Chair! (Durban Platform)

The ad hoc working group on Durban platform (ADP) has begun at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Bonn, Germany. The agenda of the ADP is to form a protocol (according to the least developing countries), outcome (India), legally binding instrument  (European Union). This is a post 2020 climate regime much like the Kyoto protocol. But, with increased mitigation or reduction of future emissions from Annex I (developed) and start of legally binding mitigation cuts by Non Annex I countries (developing) and finance and technologs support for non Annex I countries to achieve not just to take a low carbon growth but also help to adapt to problems being caused to the vulnerable due to ongoing climate change effects.

Understandably, Durban platform could be our future and will play a very important part in future generation burden sharing issue and that of common ambition of saving the planet as well as that of differential capabilities. With minutes left to the election of officers, I give you a brief look into who are the nominees and let you decide what that could mean for the ADP political dynamics.

Mr Jayant Moreshwar Mauskar (India)

He is the Special Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Govt. of India. He is a lead negotiator in India’s bilateral and multilateral climate negotiation team. Prior to this he was the Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). He was the director of the oil and natural Gas Corporation limited. In his career, spanning more than three decades, he has experience in Trade and Investment, Industrial Promotion and in the Energy/Hydro Carbon sectors.

Mr Harald Dovland (Norway)

He was the lead negotiator for Norway for 12 years and headed the ad hoc working group on further commitments for annex I parties under the Kyoto protocol (AWG). He is also a consultant for the engineering firm Poyry plc which publishes the Global Carbon report which helps market observers, analysts, policy makers and carbon market professionals in finance, energy and carbon intensive industries understand and exploit carbon markets.


Mr Kishan Kumar Singh (Trinidad and Tobago)

He is the head of the Multilateral Environment agreements at Ministry of Housing and the environment of Trinidad and Tobago. He has been in the capacity for 3 years and is a supporter of direct access to Green Environment facility by individual countries. He was also the Chair of the 24th session of the Subsidiary body for scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA).

A chair is quite an important catalyst in moving the negotiations forward to a position where there is consensus between different parties. A good dose of humor, patience is a definite plus. And as chairs there is a possibility that the negotiators might feel closer to the national positions. And, that delicate balance of what the platform calls for action and national priority should be maintained.

The man on the chair has a huge task in front of him. This might well be one of the greatest breakthroughs in climate negotiations after Kyoto!