The small intersessionsl working group is preparing successive iterations of the draft glossary of terms. It is 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.