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UNFCCC COP-4
THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
2 - 13  November 1998

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Photo & RealAudio from 10 November's SPECIAL EVENTS

 

8foeuse2_s.jpg (8643 bytes) Friends of the Earth, along with Germanwatch and Oilwatch, staged a parody to illustrate the strong influence that the oil industry has over the US government's policy and inaction on climate change 8tigergood_s.jpg (9523 bytes)
8mapuche2_s.jpg (6291 bytes) Ignacio Prafil, Parlamento Mapuche, Argentina, and Esperanza Martinez, Oilwatch International, Ecuador at an Oilwatch event calling on governments to stop the destruction of local communities by oil companies 8mappanel_s.jpg (6408 bytes) Stephen Kretzman, Project Underground, spoke on the three year anniversay of the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Nigerian activists for peacefully protesting against Shell's destruction of the environment in the Niger Delta

BYOUNG-SU CHOI  (E-mail: byoungsu99@hotmail.com, web site:http://www.ifp.or.kr/~ecoart)

Byoung-Su Choi creates huge pull-down paintings of a genre called Gulgae Gurim in Korea. He worked as an artist until "urgent social issues compelled him to use his [artistic] talents" within the context of the democratization movement in his home country. Mr. Choi links environmental problems to questions about the unequal distribution of wealth in the world and the relationship between past and future. In 1992 he took part in the ‘Earth Summit’ (UNCED) and produced a painting called ‘Waste’. In Kyoto last year he sculptured penguins from ice and allowed them to melt as COP-3 proceeded.

At COP-4 he is working on a project called "The end of civilization Compass" reflecting his concern about the moral dimension of climate change issues and a sense that the Earth has lost its way.

8korart_s.jpg (8416 bytes) Left: Byoung-Su Choi and Peter Doran, ENB

8art2_s.jpg (6344 bytes) Right: Byoung-Su Choi at work

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Byoung-Su talks about his work using a translator

 


The role of business voluntary initiatives - ways forward and next steps

The aim of this event was to report on the initial findings of an inquiry into business voluntary initiatives and the role they can play in addressing climate change. The investigation was initiated last year by six organizations in partnership:

  • the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC, http://www.iccwbo.org)
  • Keidanren (major Japanese business organisation)
  • the United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

This meeting - which was arranged by these six groups - reported initial findings from the study, and also included a discussion about the issues raised.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) RealAudio interview with Norine Kennedy (representing the ICC and Vice President of Environmental Affairs for USCIB)


Monitoring and compliance under the Kyoto Protocol

Two new reports dealing with monitoring and compliance under the Kyoto Protocol were introduced by their authors and discussed at this event. The first paper - Monitoring, Reporting and Review of National Performance under the Kyoto Protocol - was written by Jan Corfee Morlot of the OECD's Environment Directorate. The second paper - Responding to Non-Compliance under the Climate Change Regime - was authored by Jacob Werksman, also under contract to the OECD.

The meeting was arranged by the OECD as part of its analytical work on climate change. These reports present some of its initial findings in terms of monitoring and compliance under the Kyoto Protocol. The reports can be read at http://www.oecd.org/env/cc/

8oecduse_s.jpg (5209 bytes) Left: John Lanchbery, Birdlife International, Jan Corfee-Morlot, OECD, Joke Waller-Hunter, OECD, and Jacob Werksman, FIELD

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)In this RealAudio interview, the OECD's Joke Waller-Hunter (Director, Environment Directorate, joke.waller-hunter@oecd.org) and Jan Corfee Morlot (Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, jan.corfee-morlot@oecd.org) discuss the meeting and the findings of the two reports.


International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

Representatives of ICLEI (e-mail:ccp@iclei.org, web site:http://www.iclei.org/CO2) hosted this briefing to urge national delegations meeting in Buenos Aires to take firm steps to implement the Kyoto Protocol. Representing over 280 local governments worldwide, the ICLEI Communique to COP-4 called on delegates to:

  • make domestic reductions the primary means for achieving Kyoto Protocol commitments

  • place a cap on total allowable emissions and on what can be traded

Speakers included city leaders from Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Kyoto and Buenos Aires, as well as Miami-Dade County. In these RealAudio recordings from the briefing:

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Harvey Ruvin (Miami-Dade County) discusses the lead being taken on climate change by local government, and announces that the City of Buenos Aires has joined ICLEI

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Dr. Mauricio Lobo (Rio de Janeiro) talks about initiatives taken in his city and about the importance of local action

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Harvey Ruvin closes the meeting with a quote from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Cutajar

8usarglocal_s.jpg (8252 bytes) Harvey Ruvin, County Clerk, Miami-Dade County, Florida, and Rodrigo Walsh, Buenos Aires 8brazillocal_s.jpg (5834 bytes) Dr. Mauricio Lobo, Environmental Secretary, Rio de Janeiro, and Seiichi Uehara, Director, Enviornment Bureau, Kyoto

Land-use change and forestry: problems and open questions

This meeting looked at some of the technical and policy aspects of land-use change and forestry as it relates to the Kyoto Protocol. It was organized by the Oko Institut, the WWF and the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU, http://www.wbgu.de). Panelists were Anke Herold (Oko Institut, herold@freiburg.oeko.de), Ursula Fuentes (WBGU) and Dr. Stephan Singer (WWF).

8wbgu_s.jpg (4702 bytes)Ursula Fuentes, WBGU, discusses sinks

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)In this RealAudio interview, Ursula Fuentes discusses the meeting's aims and outcomes.


International Energy Agency (IEA) Press Briefing

Worldwide CO2 emissions will increase 75% on 1990 levels by 2020 under a "business as usual" projection, according to the latest edition of the IEA's World Energy Outlook released today. Using a new methodology and a new world energy model, the IEA's Outlook suggests that two-thirds of the increase in energy demand could occur in China and other developing countries.

The "business as usual" approach does not include climate change commitments made in Kyoto last December. The IEA (http://www.iea.org), which is the OECD's specialised energy arm, notes that governments will need to implement major new policies and measures in order to meet the Kyoto objectives.

8iea_s.jpg (7602 bytes) Right: Robert Priddle, Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)IEA representatives Scott Sullivan and Robert Priddle discuss the report's findings and its implications


Miscellaneous photos

8cakelayer2_s.jpg (10009 bytes) Top left: The Secretariat staff presented Michael Zammit Cutajar, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Karl Goldschwend, Chief of Protocol, with a birthday cake as they were both celebrating birthdays today

8bakare_s.jpg (6441 bytes) Top right: SBI Chair Bakare Kante at Executive Secretary Cutajar's birthday party

8gakkid_s.jpg (7457 bytes) Bottom left: A reporter interviews kids who are bringing a message to COP-4 delegates to help stop the destruction of the environment. The kids are also part of a group whose messages are posted on the Gakko trees near the entrance of the conference center.

8hilema3_s.jpg (6645 bytes) Bottom right: A BBC radio reporter interviews Hillary Nussbaum, Emissions Marketing Association (EMA), http://www.emissions.org, an association serving the international emissions trading community that fosters market-based trading solutions for environmental control


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