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Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Hague, The Netherlands; 13 - 24 November 2000

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Highlights from Tuesday, 14 November:

Delegates to COP-6 and the resumed SB-13 convened in contact groups during morning, afternoon and evening sessions to discuss text and advance discussions on: land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); guidelines under Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information) and 8 (review of information); adverse effects; “best practices” in poli­cies and measures; development and transfer of technologies; mechanisms; and capacity building in economies in transition. The Joint Working Group on Compliance (JWG) also met to resume its consideration of negotiating text. Above photo: Co-Chairs Tuiloma Neroni Slade (second from left) and Harald Dovland (right)

 


Co-Chair Neroni Slade (Samoa) introduced a revised text based on intersessional consultations following SB-13 Part 1. On the inclusion of principles within the text, the G-77/CHINA, opposed by the US and JAPAN, urged their retention, noting that a number of the proposed principles are not set out in UNFCCC Article 3 (principles).

Contact Group: Technology Transfer

This contact group considered the Co-Chairs’ revised text on a framework to enhance the implementation of UNFCCC Article 4.5 (development and transfer of technologies). Following discussion on the text, delegates heard a brief presentation by the Secretariat on a technology transfer clearinghouse. The new Co-Chairs’ text also contains three additional appendices relating to: an interna­tional clearinghouse; capacity-building activities on technology transfer; and preliminary ideas for Terms of Reference for the “international panel of experts on technology transfer” or the “advisory group of experts on technology transfer.”

Left photo: Co-Chair Jean Cooper speaks with Sheik Khan, Guyana, representing the G-77/China

The US proposed text encouraging developing countries to “promote efficiently func­tioning environmentally-sound technology markets through the appropriate structuring of taxes and to promote the accumulation of accurate, timely and reliable information on various elements of their economies where projects may be undertaken under the CDM.”



Left photo (L-R) Franklin Moore, Elmer Holt and Duncan Marsh, US Delegation 

 

Emily Ojoo-Massawa (Kenya) speaks with the delegate from Ghana
Contact Group: Policies and Measures

Mohammad Salem Al Sabban of  SAUDI ARABIA rejected Chair Roméro’s proposal to establish a Friends of the Chair group to develop compromise text on policies and measures. He said that if this group was established he would withdraw support for the proposed “informal informal” consultations in the contact group on mechanisms, and threatened to “destroy that one as well”.

 

 

 

In response, Chair Roméro jokingly responded that he had a delicate heart and that he was suffering from the threat of blackmail.

Policies and Measures Co-Chair Richard Muyungi (Tanzania)

Press Conference:

US Press Conference (Photo from left): David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US Department of State and Mark Hambley, US Special Negotiator on Climate Change.

Representatives from AOSIS discussed the specific vulnerabilities that small island states face with respect to the effects of climate change


 

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