THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE
OF THE PARTIES TO THE UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
2 - 13 November 1998
Late-breaking news: Tuesday Nov. 3
Updates brought to you by the ENB team members throughout the day: At a US briefing Ambassador Mark Hambley said he viewed Mondays
discussion as a "step forward" with a full discussion of the issue for the
"first time in the history of this process." He said the issue was not dead but
was now in the hands of the Chair. He looked forward to seeing how it would develop by the
end of the two week process. Asked about the prospects for US ratification, Ms. Kimble,
Acting Assistance Secretary of state at the Bureau of Oceans and International
Environmental and Scientific Affairs, indicated that voluntary commitments in the context
that Argentina made its proposal would be read as a step forward.
- As the dust settled in the wake of the debate on Argentina's bid to
introduce an Agenda Item on voluntary commitments Monday, the United States is understood
to be content with the marked change in the tone of the statements from G-77/China
opponents of new commitments compared to interventions in Kyoto. Driven largely by
domestic political considerations, the US enthusiasm for the Argentine initiative is
attracting advice from European delegates who feel that Washington might be pressing too
soon and too hard.
& REAL AUDIO from the negotiations, 3 November
meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)
| Robert Watson, IPCC Chair gave a status report on the ongoing work of
the IPCC in the SBSTA morning session
"IPCC Presentation to SUBSTA"
by Robert T. Watson, in PDF format.
Jonathon Pershing, US Department of State, outlines the US position on land use change
Antigua and Barbuda, opposes a draft decision tabled by Iceland which would exclude
process emissions from a "special project" for the calculation of Iceland's
emissions commitment under the Kyoto Protocol
|John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) opposes the
|| Joanna Depledge, SBSTA focal point, Secretariat, and Kok Kee Chow, SBSTA
1st meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
The meeting agenda raised several
matters referred to the SBI by the plenary of the Conference of Parties. One of these
issues was the calendar of meetings of Convention bodies during 2000-2001 [COP agenda item
2(h)]. Some of the key interventions, as well as the Chairman's comments, follow:
Kante (Senegal) introduces the issue, and Austria, on behalf of the EU, makes an
The US suggests
that future COPs alternate between being ministerial and non-ministerial
Chairman Bakary Kante
agrees to a consultative process to help reach a "compromise solution".
SBSTA Chair Kok Kee Chow and SBI Chair Bakary
Kante in the afternoon SBI/SBSTA session
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