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Mandate

The Beginning
At its sixth session held on 17-18 November 2003 the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal in Sustainable Development addressed the subject of Coal Mine Methane (CMM). Following the two background papers (ENERGY/GE.1/2003/4 and ENERGY/GE.1/2003/5) as well as a number of presentations treating on that matter delivered during the session, the secretariat put forward a proposal for establishment of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts focusing on CMM. It was noted that activities in the area in question would offer the opportunity for the Group to address not only the three pillars of sustainable development, notably economic, environmental and social, but also the image of coal (see para. 22 of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal in Sustainable Development’s 6th Session Report).

The Committee on Sustainable Energy at its fourteenth session held on 27-30 June 2005 endorsed both, the establishment of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, as well as the program of its work (see section XI point (f) of the Committee’s 14th Session Report).