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UNFCCC Logo Twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention and second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri, Kenya | 6-17 November 2006
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High-level Segment Continues in Nairobi

On Thursday, the joint COP and COP/MOP high-level segment continued with over 50 statements from ministers and heads of delegation. The second workshop of the "Dialogue on long-term cooperative action to address climate change by enhancing implementation of the Convention" also continued. Informal consultations and contact groups took place on issues such as the CDM, review of the Protocol (Article 9), the Russian proposal, and the Belarus proposal. Finally, an informal ministerial meeting was held late Thursday night to consider a number of these outstanding issues.

Above: COP 12 President Kivutha Kibwana, GEF CEO and Chairperson Monique Barbut, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer chatted before lunch.


Thursday, 16 November
UNFCCC Dialogue on Long-Term Cooperative Action


Surya Sethi, India, emphasized sustainable consumption and production, technology transfer and capacity building.

Joanne Yawitch, South Africa, outlined steps to achieve co-benefits for climate through sustainable development policies and measures.

Claude Nahon, Electricité de France, said the market approach should be articulated alongside other policies and measures, in a balanced manner.

Elliot Diringer, Pew Center, outlined the key outcomes of a climate dialogue held at Pocantico, US.

Climate Action Network said carbon market investors should contribute to sustainable development.

Ned Helme, Center for Clean Air Policy, highlighted a study of domestic measures in China, Brazil and India showing that significant reductions are mostly made unilaterally.
Country Statements

COP 12 President Kivutha Kibwana, Kenya.

COP 12 Vice President Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Ajmi, Oman.

Masatoshi Wakabayashi, Minister of the Environment, Japan, urged delegates to acknowledge processes outside the UNFCCC.

Jessica Eriyo, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda, described the development of Africa's first eco-city and appealed for funding to support such initiatives.

Jónína Bjartmarz, Minister for the Environment, Iceland, underscored Africa's renewable energy potential.

Henri Djombo, Minister of Economy, Forestry and Environment, Republic of Congo, said sustainable forest management should be an integral part of the post-2012 regime.
COP/MOP Contact Group: Issues relating to the CDM

The contact group discussed a revised draft decision for COP/MOP 2, consisting of a preamble, general issues, and sections on governance, methodologies, regional distribution, capacity building, and resources for work on the CDM.

EU delegates read documents during the contact group.
Ministerial Informal Negotiations

Jan-Erik Enestam, Minister of the Environment, Finland, and Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, discussed a document during the evening minsterial session.

Oleg Shamanov, Russian Federation, gestures at Alexander Bedritsky, Head, Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, during the evening ministerial session.
Press Briefings

CAN held a daily press briefing by Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace, with guest speakers Jeremy Symons, National Wildlife Federation, and Taye Teferi, WWF.

The UNEP Convention on Migratory Species launched a book, "Migratory Species and Climate Change: Impacts of a Changing Environment on Wild Animals."

Nelly Olin, Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development, France, held a press conference after signing a CDM agreement with Gabon, the first between France and a country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Marina Silva, Minister of Environment, Brazil, held a press conference, discussing, inter alia, changes in land use arrangements in the Amazon.
African Youth Event

Participants from Greenpeace's "Solar Generation" youth movement described environmental degradation in Africa due to climate change, and hailed the creation of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.
Around COP 12

A presentation on the Stern Review of the economics of climate change drew a sizeable crowd.

GEF CEO and Chairperson Monique Barbut addressed other delegates.

NGOs gave out their Fossil-of-the-Day awards.

Participants chatted with World Bank representatives in the café.

African delegates with COP President and WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

Delegates enjoyed a luncheon on "Safari Hill."

Delegates proposed a toast at lunch.

Rona Ambrose, Minister of Environment, Canada, with Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary.

Claude Béchard, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Québec, gave an interview on its plan for Kyoto compliance.

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