Late-breaking news : Friday 13 Nov
Updates brought to you by the ENB team members throughout the day:
United States Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, Stuart E. Eizenstat, told the ENB that the small island states of Niue and Nauru have expressed a strong interest in becoming more engaged in the climate change regime. Mr. Eizenstat was answering a question about those developing countries he expected to follow Argentina in undertaking voluntary commitments.
by the COP-4 President to facilitate final rounds of negotiations are in disarray.
Negotiators are not convinced that a proposal by María Julia Alsogaray to take part in
bilateral consultations can deliver results. The Umbrella Group and the EU
have met to work out a method for a decisive round of negotiations.
closing Plenary of the Fourth Conference of the Parties in Buenos Aires is scheduled for
12 midnight. A high level meeting of the Friends of the Chair is attempting to close a
deal following a meeting between the EU and the Umbrella Group.
Photos and RealAudio from the last day of COP-4, 13 November
Democratic Congressman Peter de Fazio, Oregon, discusses the significance of the US decision to sign the Kyoto Protocol
Monika Langthaler, a Green Party member of the Austrian parliament presents the Greens position on negotiations at COP-4
|Everything happened behind closed doors as the reconvening of the Plenary was postponed indefinitely|
|Bernarditas Castro Muller, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines, and Newton Paciornik, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil, on their way to the final G-77/China briefing||Delegates from G-77/China member countries on their way the G-77 briefing in the early morning hours before the closing Plenary|
|Delegates sleeping as the scheduled time of the Closing Plenary time is postponed until the early morning||Ian Fry, Government of Tuvalu, takes a nap in the early morning hours|
|The exposition area of the conference center is reminiscent of a battle field on the final evening of the conference. Pictured here is the area "occupied" by the NGO forces.|
After a difficult negotiation process, a Buenos Aires Plan of Action was adopted in the final session of COP4.
RealAudio segments from the final Plenary chaired by COP-4 President Maria Julia Alsogaray:
Adoption of Agenda Items on Annex 1 and non-Annex 1 National Communications
Agenda items relating to financial mechanisms, technology transfer and Articles 6, 12 and 17 of the Protocol are adopted. Switzerland makes an intervention to express concern at the exclusion of countries from the final round of negotiations. The Swiss representative also comments on the lack of transparency and asks the UNFCCC Secretariat to address the problem at future meetings
The Buenos Aires Plan of Action is adopted. Several countries make interventions, including Austria (on behalf of the EU), Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia, United States, Slovenia, Japan, Argentina, Senegal and Mexico. All praise the work of COP4 President Alsogaray. The report of the Conference is adopted and the President closes the session
|In the closing Plenary, Philippe Roch (left), State Secretary, Federal Department of Transport, Communication and Energy, Switzerland, lamented the lack of transparency in the negotiating process at this COP and at previous COPS and hoped that the problems would be remedied in the future||The US delegation in the closing Plenary|
|Martin Bartenstein, Federal Minister for the Environment, Austria, and speaking on behalf of the EU, proposed naming the Program of Action after Buenos Aires which was accepted by acclamation||
Khalid M. Abuleif of Aramco (left), a delagate from Kuwait and Fareed S. Asaly, also of Aramco (right) looking over the final decision documents
|Ambassador Arizal Effendi, Indonesia, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China, thanked the President Alsogaray for her hard work in a closing statement||Bernarditas Castro Muller, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines, and Mohammad Reza Salamat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran, as the closing Plenary begins|
Post Conference Press Briefing - United States
United States Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, Stuart E. Eizenstat, gave an assessment of the outcomes from COP4.
Reporters interview Stuart Eizenstat, head of the US delegation, after the conference closes
Stuart Eizenstat briefs the press
Eizenstat fields questions relating to China, voluntary commitments, and informal consultations involving developing countries
|Phillip Gwage, Ministry of Land, Water and the Environment, Uganda, discusses the process with Peter Doran and Angela Churie, ENB||"The Raulstan delegation": Raul Estrada and his entourage of Peter Doran, Lavanya Rajamana, Victoria Kellett, and Angela Churie (all recent defectors from the ENB)|
The impact of flexibility mechanisms
The Kyoto Protocol may provide for so much flexibility in meeting commitments that it may not succeed in substantially changing current energy trends, according to panelists at this special event. The meeting was organised jointly by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, web site: http://www.riia.org/) and the World Energy Council (WEC), and dealt with recent research on the Protocol, its flexibility mechanisms and energy scenarios.
Right: Marie Helene Aubert, French Member of Parliament, Monika Langthaler, Member of Parliament, Austria, Juan Claudio Behrend, European Parliament, Belgium
Left: Marie Helene Aubert, French Member of Parliament, Monika Langthaler, Member of Parliament, Austria, Juan Claudio Behrend, European Parliament, Belgium, and Sauro Turroni, Deputati Verdim Italy at a European parliament green group press conference
Right: Michael Jefferson, World Energy Council, William A. Nitze, Environmental Protection Agency, and Michael Grubb, The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Conference on Demand
Conference on Demand, a service of the Cyber Kansai Project in Japan and the UNFCCC secretariat, has broadcast RealVideo and Audio of COP-4 over the internet based on a joint a Memorandum of Understanding. Broadcasts from the Plenary Halls and selected press conferences and side events are stored as RealVideo and RealAudio files to be viewed and listened to on demand. The purpose is to enhance the impact of the conference by using the most advanced information technology to broadcast its meetings to the world via the Internet. The Cyber Kansai Project did its first live broadcast at COP-3 in Kyoto and both COP-3 and COP-4 are available at http://www.cop3.ckp.or.jp and http://ckp.cop4.org/, respectively.
Right: Saguru Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and head of the Conference on Demand team
Left: The Conference on Demand workspace has splitters to bring the conference to the UK, the US and Asian countries
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