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Seventh Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 
Marrakesh, Morocco
29 October to 9 November 2001

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Highlights for Thursday, 8 November  2001

The High-Level Segment of COP-7 continued with statements from 30 ministers and other heads of delegation, and from observer states, IGOs and NGOs. The SBI met to conclude its work. High-level talks and technical discussions took place during the day and into the night on the mechanisms, LULUCF, Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information) and 8 (review of information), and input to the WSSD.

HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT:
 

STATEMENTS BY PARTIES:
Delegates met in the morning and afternoon to hear statements from 30 ministers and heads of delegation. Many Parties supported ratification of the Protocol and its entry into force in time for the WSSD in Johannesburg, and several highlighted the growing scientific evidence provided by the IPCC in support of urgent and stronger action on climate change. A number of Parties also underscored the close links between climate change and poverty.

 

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On ratification of the Protocol, NEW ZEALAND announced its intention to ratify in time for the WSSD, adding that it was currently the only Umbrella Group Party to have made such a commitment, although he predicted that it “will be in good company before too long.”
Right photo: Minister Peter Hodgson  (New Zealand )




ALGERIA stressed that arid and semi-arid zones are on the frontline of vulnerability, and encouraged synergies between the CCD, CBD and UNFCCC. Left photo: Cherif Rahmani, Minister of Land Planning and the Environment (ALGERIA)




On adaptation, PAKISTAN noted the need to broaden the focus on mitigation toward real action on adaptation and vulnerability. Right photo: Imran Ahmad, Ministry of Environment, Local Government and Rural Development (PAKISTAN)
OTHER STATEMENTS: 

Observer States:
TURKEY said it was looking forward to COP-7’s adoption of a decision forwarded from SBI removing Turkey from the Annex II list and recognizing its special circumstances as an Annex I Party.



Intergovernmental Organizations:
The INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY  (left) said it was working on solutions to “marshal market forces to achieve realistic climate change objectives.” He highlighted renewable energy options in combating climate change, while advocating that no possible fuel or technology solution be excluded, noting that carbon-intense options might benefit from carbon sequestration, or that concerns over nuclear could conceivably be resolved.

OPEC highlighted the impacts of climate change response measures on economies that are highly dependent on fossil fuel exports, and said COP-7 should establish the size of the special fund to affected countries.
NGOs: The INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE said further attention needed to be paid to developing the details on the mechanisms, including on the effect of the compliance regime on credits acquired or sold by businesses with respect to emissions trading, and on transfer and use of credits acquired through CDM project investment.


The INDIGENOUS PEOPLES� ORGANIZATIONS noted that indigenous peoples represent 350 million people in the world, with many being extremely vulnerable to climate change. She requested a COP decision to grant indigenous peoples a specific status in considering climate change, and said it should create an ad hoc intersessional open-ended working group.
SBI

SBI-15 convened for its final meeting to address the three outstanding agenda items: LDCs, CGE and the report of the session. On LDCs, Parties adopted draft conclusions on assessing the status of implementation of UNFCCC Article 4.9 (LDCs). They also agreed to forward to the COP unbracketed draft decisions on: the establishment of an LDC Fund; guidance to the financial mechanism for the operation of the LDC Fund; and guidelines for the preparation of NAPAs. Parties also adopted a draft decision on the CGE, and the report of the session. Above photo: Chair Ashe 9center) and the Secreatariat during the afternoon session of SBI.

 
NEGOTIATING GROUPS AND INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS:
PROTOCOL ARTICLES 5, 7 AND 8: The negotiating group on Articles 5, 7 and 8 met in an afternoon session. Chair Dovland reported that ministers and other senior officials were consulting on a LULUCF compromise proposal, and would also consider the issue of reporting on supplementarity and narrowing of per capita differences, as well as questions related to reporting and review of Article 3.14 (adverse effects) implementation.
MECHANISMS: High-level regional and bilateral consultations continued throughout the day chaired by (left photo L-R) Valli Moosa (South Africa) and Phillipe Roch (Switzerland)  with new draft decisions for a work programme on mechanisms distributed in the evening. Crunch issues across the mechanisms that remain to be resolved include eligibility requirements, bankability and transferability of units, and the issuance and cancellation of RMUs.

In cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat, the ENB will also publish ENB on the side - a special daily report on selected side events from COP-7.



ENB Summary of UNFCCC COP-6bis in PDF (English, Fran�ais)
The official website for COP-7. This site provides ready access to the Provisional Agenda , Annotated Provisional Agenda and Daily Programme, Documents, and Press Corner for all press releases during the event. 
UNFCCC Secretariat web site 
Linkages Climate page with links to recent coverage of UNFCCC-related Workshops and an introduction to the climate change process.
ENB coverage of SB-13 (Lyon), SB-12 (Bonn)COP-5, COP-6 and COP-6bis
Rio Policy Forum:State of GHG Market
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