Meeting of ICAO States to discuss environmental activities ends with lack of consensus over MBMs
At a meeting yesterday morning to discuss ICAO’s environmental protection programme, there was broad support among Member States for its work on alternative fuels, State action plans and assistance to States. However, most of the afternoon meeting was devoted to the controversial paragraphs on market-based measures in the draft climate change resolution before the Assembly (WP/34). Although there was a call by a majority of States for a consensus to be formed around the compromise text agreed by the ICAO Council, the Organisation’s governing body, there was considerable opposition to two paragraphs (17 and 18) relating to national and regional interim MBM schemes and a de minimis provision that would see 160-odd developing countries exempted from such schemes. There was also a call from major developing countries for more recognition of the UNFCCC principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities.
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