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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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Late-breaking news: Tuesday Nov. 3

Updates brought to you by the ENB team members throughout the day:

  • 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.
  • At a US briefing Ambassador Mark Hambley said he viewed Monday’s 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.

PHOTO & REAL AUDIO from the negotiations, 3 November

1st meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)
Click for full-size image Robert Watson, IPCC Chair gave a status report on the ongoing work of the IPCC in the SBSTA morning session

 pdficon.gif (224 bytes) "IPCC Presentation to SUBSTA" by Robert T. Watson, in PDF format.

Click for full-size image Jonathon Pershing, US Department of State, outlines the US position on land use change and forestry

Click for full-size imageJohn Ashe, 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

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) opposes the Icelandic proposal.

 

Click for full-size image Joanna Depledge, SBSTA focal point, Secretariat, and Kok Kee Chow, SBSTA Chair

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:

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)   Chairman Bakary Kante (Senegal) introduces the issue, and Austria, on behalf of the EU, makes an intervention.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes)   The US suggests that future COPs alternate between being ministerial and non-ministerial

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Chairman Bakary Kante agrees to a consultative process to help reach a "compromise solution".


photoicon.gif (1007 bytes)SBSTA Chair Kok Kee Chow and SBI Chair Bakary Kante in the afternoon SBI/SBSTA session


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