move to intensify preparations for COP-6 with view to early implementation
of the Kyoto Protocol
in the High-level exchanges have agreed the need to maintain political
momentum in order to fulfill the decision-making mandate of the Buenos
Aires Plan of Action for COP-6. During the innovative high-level dialogue
involving ministers and other senior government representatives, a number
of countries stressed the need for measures to support an intensive work
schedule between COP-5 and COP-6. The UK, Japan, Australia and Argentina
were among those who advocated novel arrangements during the intersessional
work, including facilitation, a Committee of the Whole and task forces.
John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister of the UK (right), also called for
a 'Bonn Declaration.'
President Szyszko invites the COP Secretary, Richard Kinley, to read
his draft decision on implementation of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action.
COP-5 Presidency has introduced a draft decision on implementing the BAPA.
In the draft decision, Parties: request the subsidiary bodies to intensify
the preparatory work and the BAPA-mandated decisions at COP-6; request
the COP-6 President, with the assistance of the Bureau, to provide guidance
to the subsidiary bodies and take all necessary steps to intensify the
negotiating process on all issues and recommend an effective organisation
of work up to COP-6, providing for a decision at COP-6 with the aim of
bringing the Kyoto Protocol into force as early as possible; invites Parties
to contribute to the preparatory work; and requests the UNFCCC Executive
Secretary to make arrangements and provide substantive support for the
intensified work programme.
on compliance pause on a "delicate bridge"
At a meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation, a Co-Chair of the
joint working group on compliance, Espen Rønneberg, announced that a document
with no official status within the Convention had been circulated among
the Parties at the end of the group's deliberations. He said the document
would serve only to provide the Parties with ideas for further thinking
on the issues surrounding compliance.
explained that the document was prepared to encourage informal discussion
among the Parties, to explain positions and facilitate understanding.
The document bears the title, "The Co-Chairs' ideas regarding compliance"
(3 November 1999). He thanked Parties for their cooperation and compromise,
and noted that in the balance of the COP deliberations they had come up
with a "delicate bridge."
and SBSTA complete their work
SBI and SBSTA completed their work late Wednesday evening, adopting draft
conclusions and decisions on some of the most contentious issues in the
negotiations. Despite intensive negotiations on emissions resulting from
fuel used for international transportation, the SBSTA was forced to defer
consideration of invitations to the International Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to continue their
efforts to identify ways to limit or reduce emissions of GHGs, taking
account of the Kyoto Protocol. On land-use, land-use change and forestry
(LULUCF), the Parties agreed on a draft decision to endorse a work programme
and on elements of a decision-making process.
Level Segment: Exchange of views
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and heads of delegations participated in an exchange of views, new
initiative that allows participants to engage in an informal dialogue.
In the morning delegates discussed "Progress made in dealing with
climate change: lessons and challenges."
Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, Zammit Cutajar, Szyszko
exchange of views was co-chaired by COP-5 President Jan Szyszko,
Poland (left), and Guro Fjellanger, Minister of the Environment,
Norway (center). Richard Kinley, Secretary of the COP is seated
at the right.
Trittin, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety, speaks with the Japanese delegation
Cutajar speaks with Ambassador Bagher Assadi, Iran
Auken, Minister of Environment and Energy, Denmark
During the high level session, the newly appointed European
Commissioner for Environment, Nuclear Safety and Civil Protection
Wallström outlines European initiatives in policy development
and industry participations. Wallstrom also encourages collaboration
among post-industrialized countries and countries with economies
in transition, in view of future trends in energy consumption,
industrial activity and GHG emissions.
During the afternoon high-level exchange of views, delegates discussed
"The way forward - promoting implementation of the Buenos Aires
Plan of Action and early entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol."
The discussion gave rise to a lively exchange on novel approaches
to maintaining political momentum and facilitating an intensive
year of preparations for COP-6.
Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, UK, proposed a Bonn Declaration
reaffirming the political will to complete work on the Buenos
Aires Plan of Action by COP-6.
Loy, US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and John
Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, UK. The US supported the
suggested that COP-5 President Szyszko be empowered to appoint
a special facilitator to assist negotiations before COP-6.
Kezimbira-Miyingo, Minister of State for Environment, Ministry
of Water, Land and Environment, Uganda, co-chaired the afternoon
exchange of views
Langman, Assistant Secretary, Environment Branch, Department
of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, proposed the establishment
of a Committee of the Whole chaired by a facilitator
Zhong, Special Advisor on Environmental Issues, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, China, said opposed the proposals to establish
new groups or mechanisms to assist progress towards COP-6,
stressing that the existing FCCC bodies and structures should
be employed to this end.
Estrada, former chair of the Ad Hoc Group on the Berlin Mandate
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