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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: Monday 9 Nov

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

  • High level representatives of the EU and the US met at the weekend. The EU is concerned at the US position, or lack of it, on the issue of compliance. It is likely that the SBI will be invited to initiate further work on the issue.
  • A contact group on the adverse impacts of responses to climate change made slow progress Monday evening. The main area of contention concerns the preparation of a work plan for future action. Delegates are hopeful that they will agree text for a draft decision Tuesday.
  • In the contact group on non-Annex I communications Parties continue to discuss the question of evaluation. A draft text under consideration contains numerous brackets.

Photos and RealAudio from the negotiations, 9 November

7topiran_s.jpg (5363 bytes) Mohammad Reza Salamat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran, has a word with UNEP Executive Director Klaus T�pfer 7tv_s.jpg (5707 bytes) Brazilian delegates glance over the G-77/China position paper on flexible mechanisms as they watch the night session of the flexible mechanisms contact group on a closed circuit television outside the meeting room

7gregcuta2_s.jpg (4776 bytes) ENB writers Greg Picker (left) and Chad Carpenter (right) discuss the progress at COP-4 with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar 7cutchad_s.jpg (4929 bytes)

Climate Action Network sets out demands

The Climate Action Network, representing 281 citizens groups from all over the world, has released a comprehensive statement on behalf of its 10 million members. The statement voices concern at the slow progress of the COP-4 negotiations and calls on industrialized countries to make domestic emissions reductions their top priority. The statement urges ministers planning to participate in the COP to, inter alia:

7ucsint_s.jpg (4892 bytes) Peter Doran, ENB, interviewing Alden Meyer, Director, Government Affairs, Union of Concerned Scientists

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) Alden Meyer interview in RealAudio


US delegation Press Briefing

The US delegation discussed areas where they believe progress has been made. The US was represented at the briefing by:

7ushakiuse_s.jpg (4573 bytes) Mark Hambley and Melinda Kimble at a US press conference held Monday evening

raworld.gif (1544 bytes) This RealAudio recording covers the first part of the briefing


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