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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: Wednesday Nov. 4

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

  • Negotiators began to set out their stall on flexible mechanisms at a joint meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). The so called 'Umbrella Group', including Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation and the US, has prepared a detailed position paper, which was drafted during pre-COP deliberations at the weekend. The group is opposing a quantified cap. The EU is continuing to flag its strong commitment to the view that flexible mechanisms must supplement domestic efforts. Switzerland has called for a strong compliance mechanism. A joint contact group has been formed to advance discussion.
  • The 'Umbrella Group' has met with the EU to identify areas of agreement. The EU has already produced draft decisions and a draft schedule of work for the period following the COP.
  • Despite continuing differences over the questions of supplementarity and capping within the context of their informal deliberations on flexible mechanisms, the EU and the ‘Umbrella Group’ (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation and the US) have begun to focus on strategy and timing. At an informal meeting at lunchtime Wednesday the groups found that they had much in common on proposals for a work programme and were able to focus on strategy and the timing of their interventions with an eye on likely G-77/China and OPEC responses.

Photos and RealAudio from the negotiations, 4 November

Wednesday morning's Joint session of the SBSTA and SBI

At a joint meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and Implementation delegations began to set out their views on the Kyoto Protocol’s flexibility mechanisms, namely Joint Implementation, the Clean Development Mechanism and Emissions Trading. They also signaled their positions on the development of an action plan for follow up work on the elaboration of rules and guidelines. A number of the contributions to the debate follow:

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Chairman Bakary Kante's (Senegal) introduction

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) The Chairman calls for comments from the floor; Indonesia speaks first

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Austria, on behalf of the EU, states its position

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Switzerland makes an intervention.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Australia outlines its views, and discusses a document outlining the preliminary views of the 'Umbrella Group'

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Uganda speaks on behalf of the Africa Group

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Japan makes an intervention

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Canada shares its views

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) The US outlines its position, acknowledging that there is a divergence of opinion among participants

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) New Zealand contributes to the discussion

Papers presented during the first meeting of a contact group convenened Wednesday evenings by the SBI and SBSTA:

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) EU position on Joint Implementation, with proposed work schedule

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) EU position on Emissions Trading, with proposed work schedule

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) EU position on Clean Development Mechanism, with proposed work schedule

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Umbrella Group position on all Flexibility Mechanisms, including work schedule

Countries making interventions on flexibility mechanisms during the morning’s SBSTA/SBI Joint Session:
Click for full-size image Hojesky Helmut, Austria, speaking on behalf of the EU Click for full-size image Ambassador Meg McDonald, Australia

 

3us_s.jpg (9037 bytes) Ambassador Mark Hambley, United States uganda_s.jpg (8758 bytes) Philip Gwage, Uganda, speaking for the African Group
3arg1_s.jpg (8304 bytes) Teresa Vazquez, Argentina 3switz_s.jpg (9057 bytes) Beat Nobs, Swiss Office of the Environment, Switzerland
3flexcon_s.jpg (4610 bytes) Yvo de Boer, Netherlands, co-chaired a contact group on flexibility mechanisms 3contact2_s.jpg (8608 bytes) Delegates met in the contact group on flexible mechanisms during the evening

5th meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)

The meeting agenda addressed several matters referred to the SBSTA by the plenary of the Conference of Parties. One of these issues was the development and transfer of technologies [COP agenda item 4(c)]. Some of the key interventions, as well as the Chairman's comments, follow:

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Chairman Kok Kee Chow (Malaysia) speaks, followed by Abe Haspel, Chairman of the Climate Technology Initiative.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Austria, on behalf of the EU, makes an intervention.

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) China outlines its position.


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