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IISDRS BLOG
 

United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali

3-14 December 2007
Bali, Indonesia


Highlights from Tuesday, 4 December
 
 

The SBI and SBSTA convened in plenary sessions throughout the day. SBSTA took up agenda items on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries, the Nairobi work programme, research and systematic observation, the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and methodological issues. SBI considered organizational matters, education, training and public awareness, administrative, financial and institutional matters, national communications, Convention Article 4.8 and 4.9 and Protocol Article 3.14 (adverse effects), capacity building, the Adaptation Fund and technology transfer. Photo: SBI Chair Bagher Asadi (right) formalizes the adoption of the agenda after a lengthy debate on the agenda item on technology transfer

 

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

 
SBSTA
 
SBSTA during the morning session on reducing deforestation. During the discussions, many countries stressed early action, capacity building, attention to national circumstances, and provision of adequate resources. Several also supported a practical approach and initiation of pilot projects.
 
 

During the discussions on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries, the room was packed to capacity forcing delegates to sit on the floor (left). Thelma Krug, Brazil (right), opposed discussing deforestation in a post-2012 regime in isolation from other climate change drivers and mitigation actions and cautioned against links to market mechanisms.

 
 
Bill Hohenstein, the US, pictured on the screen (left) and speaking during the debate on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries, supported engagement of international organizations and countries involved in technical capacity building and pilot activities to inform SBSTA. Costa Rica (right) suggested including conservation.
 
 
Renate Christ, IPCC (right), presents the main findings of the Fourth Assessment Report
 
Festus Luboyera, UNFCCC Secretariat, Roberto Acosta, SBSTA Coordinator, and SBSTA Chair Kishan Kumarsingh, during the discussions on the agenda item on matters relating to Article 2, paragraph 3 of the Kyoto Protocol
 
 
Mohamed Al-Sabban, Saudi Arabia (left), suggested deleting the agenda item on emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport, and supported establishing a contact group to further discuss the agenda item on Protocol Article 3.2 on adverse effects. Participants meeting outside the conference room (right).
 
SBI
 
 
SBI Chair Bagher Asadi with the transcript of Monday's COP, which he read out at the request of delegates to clarify what the COP agreed to regarding inclusion of technology transfer in the SBI agenda.
 
 

Elmer Holt, US (left), and Jamal Ahmad, Pakistan, for the G-77/China (right).

 

   
China (left) said informal consultations were unnecessary on technology transfer as the matter had been resolved when the COP made its decision. Pakistan, consulting with members of the G-77/China (center). Kunihiko Shimada, Japan (right), suggested informal consultations to further discuss the technology transfer matter.
 
 
The Umbrella Group consulting on technology transfer (left) and a view of the SBI plenary (right).
 
 
SBI Chair Asadi consults with Jamal Ahmad, Pakistan, G-77/China Chair (left), and Yvo de Boer consults wtih delegates (right)
 
 
 
Dan Bondi Ogolla, Secretariat legal adviser (left), clarified that the COP had decided to refer the technology transfer item to both SBSTA and SBI and this meant it should be a separate agenda item under the SBI.
 
Monique Barbut, GEF CEO (right), introduced a report focusing on a five-point reform and sustainability plan, initiated in response to calls from the COP, including simplification and streamlining of project cycles and climate initiatives. She noted that the GEF had become the largest funder of adaptation.
 
 
GEF CEO Monique Barbut and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer
 
 
Fatou Gaye, Gambia (left), intervening on the financial mechanism. NGOs consult informally (center). Bernaditas de Castro-Muller, Philippines (right), welcomed the GEF reforms, but highlighted a communication gap between the GEF and Parties.
 
Press Conferences
 
 
Ailun Yang, Greenpeace China (center), speaks during a Climate Action Network press conference addressing issues at stake in the Bali negotiations for emerging economies. Also pictured are Karim Harris, CAN Europe (left) and Richard Worthington, CAN South Africa (right).
 
 
A UNEP press conference was held to release a new global report entitled: Assessments of Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change. The assessment was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by UNEP, and executed by START and the Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS).
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
The Fossil of the Day Award is given to countries most active in undermining the climate negotiations. Winners for the day were Japan, Canada and the US, for among other things supporting inclusion of technology transfer only under SBSTA and not under SBI.
 
 
Outside the conference center, Pacific Island delegates draw attention to the threats in their region (left) and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations calls for early action on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries (right).
 
 
A trio of of solar powered plastic trees outside the negotiations will, throughout the conference, change their message and appearance to reflect status of the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) negotiations.
 
 
Even the Indonesian army does not escape the press (left). The entrance to the conference center (right).
 
 
The Solar Generation polar bear making the rounds in the conference center.
 
 
Delegates consulting before the convening of the morning session (left) and security checks at COP13 (right)
 

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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