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UNFCCC Logo Eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention and first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
Palais de Congrès, Montréal, Canada | 28 November-9 December 2005
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Senator Bingaman Urges Continued US Involvement

On Tuesday, delegates convened for the final meetings of the subsidiary bodies at their twenty-third sessions. Informal consultations also took place on such issues as the financial mechanism, mitigation, adaptation, compliance, joint implementation (JI), deforestation in developing countries, and Article 3.9 of the Kyoto Protocol (future commitments). Above: Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico held a press conference this afternoon in support of a December 5 bipartisan open letter by 24 prominent US Senators which, inter alia, reminds the US Administration of its "legal obligation to participate in the COP negotiations in a constructive way."


Tuesday, 6 December
Contact Groups

Co-Chair Dovland of the working group on compliance noted that an agreement had not been possible even after several informal consultations. He noted that the key differences still related to how the compliance mechanism should be adopted at COP/MOP 1, and how the process will continue regarding an amendment to the Protocol to make the system legally binding. He said the outstanding questions would be solved either through further informal consultations or by President Dion. Although differences narrowed, no agreement was reached during further informal consultations on Tuesday afternoon. The contact group will reconvene on Wednesday.

The contact group on mitigation met after informal discussions the previous night, which had extended past 3am.

Delegates conferred during informal consultations on bunker fuels.

UNFCCC Acting Executive Secretary Richard Kinley and COP 11 - COP/MOP 1 President Stéphane Dion during informal consultations.

Acting Executive Secretary Kinley was interviewed by a team of ENB writers.
SBSTA


Barbados reminded the US of commitments made in the World Summit on SIDS.

The US opposed holding a SIDS agenda item in abeyance, stating that it considered the issue concluded at SBSTA 22.

Tuvalu, for AOSIS, stressed that the Mauritius Strategy has been accepted as the UN programme for SIDS, and is recognized by the General Assembly.
SBI


SBI chair Thomas Decker, Denmark, opened the session at 6:30 pm.

Contact group Co-Chair Dechen Tsering, Bhutan, reported on matters relating to Least Developed Countries.

The EU supported a revised draft decision to apply the current MOU between the COP and the GEF to the COP/MOP and GEF, saying the MOU was needed.
IPCC and UNFCCC Press Conferences

There was an IPCC press conference with Ogunlade Davidson, Rajendra Pachauri, Bert Metz, and Renate Christ.

IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone

IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri, India

Halldor Thorgeirsson, Renate Christ and Rajendra Pachauri

Axel Wuestenhagen and Halldor Thorgeirsson at the UNFCCC press conference.
Senator Bingaman Press Conference

After speaking, Senator Bingaman fielded questions and comments from the standing-room-only audience, then answered further questions from the media on his way out.



Arctic Day
After being addressed by Sheila Watt-Cloutier of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, Arctic Day attendees were entertained by Inuit drummers and dancers.

Around COP 11 and COP/MOP 1

Youth used their bodies to spell "[ 3.9 ]" noting that their future, along with article 3.9, is in brackets.

Hernán Carlino, Argentina, chaired the contact group on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries.

ENB writers Kati Kulovesi and Chris Spence took notes.

The WWF's "Kyoto Meter" was given a test whack. Yes, the bell rang.

While delegates chatted, a lonely polar bear sat silent, no doubt thinking, "Yo, where's my ice floe?"

Related Links

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Kyoto Protocol information
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