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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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COP-11 and COP/MOP-1 Open in Montreal

The eleventh Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the first Conference of Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1) opened in Montreal on Monday morning, 28 November. After a welcoming ceremony, both the COP and COP/MOP addressed organizational matters and heard opening statements. In the afternoon, the UNFCCC's subsidiary bodies began their twenty-third sessions. The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) considered organizational matters, adaptation, mitigation, and methodological issues. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) took up organizational issues, national communications, capacity building, and education, training and public awareness.


Monday, 28 November
Opening Session

Canadian artists presented a multimedia performance about humanity's relationship to the Earth and climate change.

Gerald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal, said delegates had a serious obligation to achieve concrete results, and highlighted the support of local governments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Jean Charest, Premier of Québec, highlighted its support for emissions reductions and the need for strong action to address climate change.

Delegates stood and observed a minute of silence in memory of the late UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Joke Waller Hunter.

COP 10 President Ginés González Garcia, Argentina, opened COP 11.

Environment Minister Stéphane Dion, Canada, was elected President of COP 11 and COP/MOP 1. He called for steps to "implement, improve, and innovate."

UNFCCC Acting Executive Secretary Richard Kinley highlighted 2005 as a remarkable year for international climate policy, but drew attention to new publication by the Secretariat showing an increase in Annex I emissions.
Plenary and COP/MOP 1


Harlan Watson, US, emphasized the need for a clear separation between Convention and Kyoto Protocol issues.

Speaking for the G77 and China, Claudia Barnes, Jamaica expressed concern at the GEF resource allocation framework and conditionalities for accessing funds.

Speaking for the EU, Sarah Hendry, UK, called for an "open mind" and "creative and innovative ways" to address climate change after 2012.

Bangladesh, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries, highlighted the need to operationalize the LDC, Adaptation and Special Climate Change Funds.

Speaking for the Umbrella Group, Australia expressed a commitment to a successful conference.

Speaking for the Alliance of Small Island States, Enele Sopoaga, Tuvalu, called for future commitments under Kyoto Protocol Article 3.9 (future commitments).
Afternoon SBSTA and SBI Sessions

The SBSTA session, chaired by Abdullatif Benrageb, Libya, heard a briefing from ICAO on work and progress in the area of aircraft engine emissions.

The SBI session, chaired by Thomas Becker, Denmark, considered matters of national communications, non-Annex I communications, provision of financial and technical support, and education, training and public awareness.
Around COP-11 and COP/MOP-1

COP 10 Chair Garcia and Mayor Tremblay chatted before the morning session.

Many COP 11 participants are dressed in suits, but of course individual preferences lead some to select different kinds of suits than others.

Atilio Savino, State Secretary of the Environment, Argentina, chats with COP 10 Chair Garcia, Mayor Tremblay and Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada.

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