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IISDRS BLOG

IISDRS coverage of Climate and Development Days at COP 13

IISDRS coverage of Forest Day at COP 13

United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali

3-14 December 2007
Bali, Indonesia


Highlights from Wednesday, 12 December: High-level segment opens in Bali and Australia hands over instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

On Wednesday morning, the high-level segment began, with opening statements from the UN Secretary-General, the President of Indonesia and other invited speakers. This was followed by presentations from heads of UN bodies and specialized agencies, and statements from 48 ministers and heads of delegation. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations were held throughout the day on issues relating to the Bali roadmap, the CDM, joint implementation, and compliance.
Photo: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd hands over the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Daily web coverage:

2 December - 3 December - 4 December - 5 December - 6 December - 7 December - 8 December - 10 December - 11 December

12 December - 13 December - 14 December - 15 December

 
High-level segment
 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left photo) and with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (right photo)
 
 
 
A view of the dais during Indonesian President Yudhoyono's speech (left), during which he highlighted the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, called on the US to be part of the post-2012 arrangements, and urged breakthroughs on deforestation and technology transfer. President Yudhoyono and Ban Ki-moon (right)
 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the high-level segment (left), stating that the world expects the launch of negotiations in Bali towards securing a comprehensive agreement in 2009. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer (right) expressed disbelief at some who describe a response to the IPCC findings as “science fiction.” He urged agreement on the launch of formal negotiations and an ambitious agenda with a 2009 deadline.

 
IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri addresses the high-level segment via satellite link from Oslo, Norway.

 

 
Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong and Peter Garrett, Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts (left photo), applauding while Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addresses the high-level segment (right). During his statement, Rudd noted expectations from developed countries to embrace binding emission targets and the need for developing countries to undertake specific commitments to take action. 
 
 

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Maldives (left), said the Adaptation Fund must be adequately resourced and accessible. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore (center photo), called for commitments by all under the UNFCCC, recognizing national circumstances.

 
Miscellaneous photos from the high-level segment and related events
 
 
 
 
 
Danish Environment Minister Connie Hedegaard with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (left). Ban Ki-moon has lunch with environmental NGOs (right)
 
 
The dais at the commencement of the high-level segment (left). UN Secretary General with Everton Vargas, Brazil, and Celso Amorim, Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs (right).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Launching of the 2008 Rio Conventions Calendar
 
CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf speaking during the launching of the 2008 Rio Conventions Calendar at the Climate Change Kiosk.
 
Press conferences
 
During a morning press conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expresses outrage at the bombings in Algiers, which killed UN workers and civilians.
 
 
US press conference: Paula Dobriansky, Under-Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and Jim Connaughton, White House Council on Environmental Quality.
 

Daily web coverage:

2 December - 3 December - 4 December - 5 December - 6 December - 7 December - 8 December - 10 December - 11 December

12 December - 13 December - 14 December - 15 December

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