Late-breaking news: Tuesday 10 Nov
Updates brought to you by the ENB team members throughout the day:
The US has tabled a series of proposed amendments to a G-77/China paper on flexible mechanisms. Under the headings referring to each of the mechanisms in the Protocol and to Article 4 on joint fulfillment of commitments the US has inserted a sentence: "Application to situation of voluntary commitments by non Annex I countries."
Special arrangements are being put in place for the High-Level Segment to provide an opportunity for the Government of Honduras to raise the plight of the Central American victims of hurricane "Mitch".
The Chairman of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, Bakary Kante, warned delegations that he would have great difficulty going before international public opinion to say that any work had been completed at COP-4. His comments came after Parties decided to send a number of bracketed texts for further consideration at the COP Plenary. Chairman Kante had earlier appealed to delegations to refrain from "taking hostages" as a number of Parties defended or introduced new brackets. In one exchange at the closing session of the SBI, Kante described the behavior of the EU as unacceptable after he failed to resolve a dispute between the EU and the G-77/China.
Photos and RealAudio from the negotiations, 10 November
|Phillip Gwage, Ugandan Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, intervenes on behalf of the G-77/China in the SBSTA morning session to support the establishment of a technology transfer mechanism at COP-4||Richard Bradley, US Department of Energy, opposed establishing a mechanism at COP-4 and proposed discussing the issue at future meetings|
SBI FINAL SESSION: Parties exchanges during a debate on a report from a contact group on Implementation of UNFCCC Articles 4.8 and 4.9 (decision 3/CP.2 and Articles 2.3 and 3.14 of the Kyoto Protocol)
At the final session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation at COP-4 on adverse impacts from climate change responses, the US, supported by the EU, reported that no consensus had been reached on a text prepared by the Co-Chairs of a Contact Group dealing with the issue. The EU called for further consultation and added that a decision on a financial mechanism should be reflected in the report to the COP Plenary. Saudi Arabia expressed disappointment and reserved the right to open all the draft decisions. Chair Kante appealed to Parties to draw back from "taking hostages".
The Chair of the contact group, Bo Kjellén, explained that the co-chairs report was subject to further consultation. He added that discussions were linked to many different issues in parallel negotiations in other groups. Agreement would be linked to what could be achieved in other negotiations. Chair Kante said the Contact Groups text would be transmitted to the COP Plenary in square brackets.
Real Audio interventions from the final SBI session by:
|A small drafting group met to hammer out final text before the final evening negotiating sessions|
Right: SBI Chair Bakary Kante drinks Oolong tea to help him through the late evening SBI session
|Left: Delegates from EU member countries huddle outside the meeting room during the SBI evening session|
Exchanges on the negotiated text from the Contact Group on national communications from non-Annex I Parties
The Netherlands, for the EU, sought to introduce a new paragraph to a negotiated text introduced by the Co-Chairs of a Contact Group on national communications from non-Annex I Parties. The G-77/China responded by placing the entire draft decision in brackets. The Chair told the EU that the SBI had agreed that no new text could be added. Parties could add only brackets. The EU explained that his additional text was related to an agenda item which would come up under a later agenda item. The EU opted to bracket a related paragraph (No.6). The Chair consulted with the EU and the G-77/China but failed to get agreement. Kante described the EUs approach as unacceptable and said the delegation was placing the work of the Contact Group in jeopardy. The entire text was sent to the COP Plenary in brackets.
Real Audio interventions from:
|Left: Shukong Zhong, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China|
|Bernaditas Castro Muller, Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines||Mohamel Ould El Ghaouth, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et de la Coopération, Mauritania|
Celebrated Argentinian commentator Miguel Grinberg talks to the ENB
Award winning Argentine columnist and environmental commentator, Miguel Grinberg, puts the climate change negotiations in perspective in an interview with Peter Doran. Grinberg has recently described some official attempts to address sustainable development issues at the official level as "simulated negotiation." He is also concerned about the captivation of consumers in the southern hemisphere by consumer models and lifestyle models disseminated by the United States, Europe and Japan.
Right: Peter Doran, ENB, talks to Miguel Grinberg, UNEP Global 500 Prize winner.
Left: Undersecretary of State Stuart Eisenstat
RealAudio recordings from the briefing:
Stuart E. Eizenstat briefs reporters
Eizenstat responds to a question about when the US can be expected to sign the Kyoto Protocol
Martin Bartenstein outlines the EU's position and views
Ritt Bjerregaard elaborates on some of the points raised.
The two representatives answer questions from the floor relating to nuclear power generation and the EU's relationship with the G77/China.
|Ritt Bjerregaard, European Commissioner||Martin Bartenstein, President of the Council|
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