Glossary of terms

The small intersessional working group has prepared successive iterations of the draft glossary of terms. It was also mandated to recommend where further guidance would be useful as well as possible options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology.

The first draft of the revised glossary and related explanations prepared by the SIWG on 15 February 2014 was open for comments by Parties and others by 15 April 2014.

The second draft of the glossary and related explanations prepared by the SIWG during its first meeting  was made available on 15 June 2014, as requested in decision BC-11/1, and communicated to all Parties.

The second draft glossary of terms as set out in document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.9/INF/20  was considered by the OEWG-9 . In its decision OEWG-9/8, the OEWG invited parties and others to submit comments by 31 October 2014 on the definitions and explanations mentioned in the meeting report of the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group and on the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options. Comments received are posted in the table below.

A third version of the draft glossary of terms as set out in document UNEP/CHW/CLI_SIWG.2/2  as well as the comments received from parties and others in response to decision OEWG-9/8, as set out in document UNEP/CHW/CLI_SIWG.2/INF/2/Rev.1 were considered by the SIWG during its second meeting (25-26 January 2015, Konstanz). Following its meeting, the SIWG decided to forward the outcome of its work, namely a fourth draft glossary dated 26 January 2015, to the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, and to invite parties and others to submit comments thereon by 15 March 2015. During its meeting, the SIWG also finalized recommendations for the consideration of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options.

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties considered the fourth draft glossary of terms and the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options, submitted by the SIWG. In its Decision BC-12/1, the Conference of the Parties, among other things:

  1. Invited the small intersessional working group on legal clarity to continue its work, including, subject to the availability of resources, through a face-to-face meeting, and to prepare a revised version of the draft glossary including explanations, taking into account the comments received from parties and observers,as well as the outcomes of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, and to submit it to the Secretariat five months before the tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group;
  2. Requested the Secretariat to submit the revised version of the draft glossary including explanations to the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its tenth meeting; and 
  3. Invited the Open-ended Working Group at its tenth meeting:
    1. To finalize the draft glossary and related explanations as a useful piece of guidance;
    2. To prepare a draft decision on these matters for consideration and possible adoption by the Conference of the Parties at its thirteenth meeting.
In addition, building on the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology put forward by the SIWG, the Conference of the Parties initiated a process for the review of Annexes I, III, IV and related aspects of IX to the Convention.

Fourth draft glossary of terms

 
Publication DateTitleEnglish
Items: 1  
January 2015Fourth draft glossary of terms52.92 K

Comments on the fourth draft glossary of terms

 
SubmitterDateTitleEnglishSpanish
Items: 9    
Brazil3/19/2015Comments from Brazil42.88 K 
European Union3/23/2015Comments from the European Union69.41 K 
Japan3/19/2015Comments from Japan58.49 K 
Mexico3/17/2015Comments from Mexico 16.02 K
Mozambique3/17/2015Comments from Mozambique10.82 K 
Oman4/14/2015Comments from Oman640.39 K 
Qatar3/19/2015Comments from Qatar54.17 K 
United States of America3/23/2015Comments from the United States of America66.07 K 
BAN3/17/2015Comments from BAN51.82 K 

Second draft glossary of terms

 
Publication DateTitleEnglish
Items: 1  
June 2014Second draft glossary of terms41.01 K

Comments following OEWG-9

 
SubmitterDateTitleEnglishFrenchSpanish
Items: 7     
Algeria11/3/2014Comments from Algeria 51.7 K 
Argentina11/17/2014Comments from Argentina1.25 MB  10.73 K 42 K
BAN11/3/2014Comments from BAN92.37 K  
Brazil11/3/2014Comments from Brazil29.33 K  
Chile4/16/2014Comments from Chile31.41 K  
European Union11/3/2014Comments from European Union100.56 K  
Switzerland11/28/2014Comments from Switzerland27.97 K 14.29 K  

First draft glossary of terms

 
Publication DateTitleEnglish
Items: 1  
February 2014First draft glossary of terms103 K 82.09 K

Comments on the first draft glossary of terms

 
SubmitterDateTitleEnglishFrenchSpanish
Items: 14     
Albania4/17/2014Comments from Albania35.5 K 82.96 K  
Argentina4/17/2014Comments from Argentina5.91 MB  1.3 MB
Azerbaijan4/12/2014Comments from Azerbaijan21.5 K 7.1 K  
Bahrain4/15/2014Comments from Bahrain105.5 K 87.12 K  
Canada4/17/2014Comments from Canada122.5 K 67.69 K  
Central African Republic6/1/2014Comments from the Central African Republic 98.5 K 109.95 K 
Egypt4/12/2014Comments from Egypt105 K 86.18 K  
EU and its member States5/1/2014Comments from EU and its member States104 K 121.5 K  
Information Technology Industry Council5/26/2014Comments of the Information Technology Industry Council327.13 K  
Japan5/12/2014Comments from Japan91.54 K  
Kyrgyz Republic4/16/2014Comments from Kyrgyz Republic823.87 K  
New Zealand4/23/2014Comments from New Zealand171 K 104.35 K  
Switzerland5/12/2014Comments from Switzerland73.69 K  
Togo6/5/2014Comments from Togo93.5 K