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Sixteenth Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies

Bonn, Germany | 5-14 June 2002

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The afternoon Sessions of SBI and SBST

Tuesday, 11 June
On Tuesday, SBI convened in the morning to consider national communications from non-Annex I Parties, implementation of UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 (adverse effects), least developed countries (LDCs) and capacity building. Following the conclusion of SBI’s meeting, SBSTA met to address the adoption of its agenda, technology transfer, the proposal on cleaner or less greenhouse gas-emitting energy, and implementation of Protocol Article 2.3 (adverse effects of P&Ms).

Contact groups also met to continue their work on: Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information), and 8 (review of information); policies and measures (P&Ms); and the IPCC TAR. The contact group on greenhouse gas inventories concluded its consideration of relevant draft conclusions and decisions
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SBI Chair Raul Estrada, Argentina

NON-ANNEX I NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS: On the work of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE), SBI Chair Estrada said draft conclusions would be prepared.

ADVERSE EFFECTS: On implementation of UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 (adverse effects). Daniela Stoytcheva (Bulgaria) reported on a workshop held from 16-18 May on the status of modeling activities to assess the adverse effects of climate change and the impact of response measures. She said the report of the workshop would be presented for consideration at COP-8, and noted that two additional workshops under this decision prior to COP-8 will address insurance and risk assessment.

Avani Vaish, Capacity Development Manager, GEF

For RealAudio links, please click on the afternoon sessions of SBI and SBSTA [above]

LDCS: LDC Expert Group (LEG) Chair Bubu Jallow (Gambia) reported on LEG activities. He said the first LEG meeting, held from 26-28 February 2002 in Arusha, Tanzania, had elaborated the LEG’s work programme.

CAPACITY BUILDING: Chair Estrada noted that COP-7 had adopted frameworks for building capacity in developing countries and EITs. The Secretariat reported on progress made in their implementation, stressing the need to exchange information on experiences prior to the review of the frameworks at COP-9

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OZONE THE CLIMATE EFFORTS: On the relationship between efforts to protect the stratospheric ozone layer and those to safeguard the global climate system, GREENPEACE urged Parties to minimize risks relating to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Martha Perdomo, UNFCCC Secretariat

ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS: Adoption of the Agenda: Noting that consultations had taken place on the matter, SBSTA Chair Thorgeirsson invited delegates to adopt the agenda, including amended items on “issues related to cleaner or less greenhouse gas-emitting energy” and on “issues related to the implementation of Protocol Article 2.3.”

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: Chair Thorgeirsson reported that the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) had completed its work on Saturday, 8 June. EGTT Vice Chair William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu (Ghana) reported on the agreed 2002-2003 work programme, and Chair Thorgeirsson said relevant SBSTA conclusions would be drafted.

Simon Michael Saulei, Papua New Guineau

OTHER MATTERS: Proposal on Cleaner or Less Greenhouse Gas-Emitting Energy: Chair Thorgeirsson drew delegates’ attention to the workshop report on cleaner or less greenhouse gas-emitting energy. CANADA, opposed by the G-77/CHINA, EU, CG-11 and NORWAY, proposed a draft decision to permit CANADA to receive assigned amount units equivalent to the global environmental benefit created by its exports of cleaner or less greenhouse gas-emitting energy in the first commitment period, not exceeding 70 million tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent annually.

Implementation of Article 2.3: SAUDI ARABIA stressed the importance of Article 2.3, which addresses the adverse effects of Annex I Parties’ P&Ms. He noted the distinction between this article and Protocol Article 3.14, which he said addresses adverse effects resulting from Annex I Parties’ implementation of commitments.

ARTICLES 5, 7 AND 8: Delegates continued consideration of the draft COP-8 decision on demonstrable progress under Protocol Article 3.2, agreeing to request Parties to report on progress in accordance with UNFCCC and Protocol Article 7 guidelines, and “incorporating any relevant contribution pursuant to decision 13/CP.7,” which relates to work under P&Ms.

Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Samoa

POLICIES AND MEASURES (P&MS): Co-Chair Suk-Hoon Woo (Republic of Korea) introduced draft conclusions for consideration by the group, noting that the text was based on language used in the relevant COP-7 decision.

GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORIES: The contact group on guidelines on reporting and review of greenhouse gas inventories from Annex I Parties completed its work on the Co-Chairs’ draft working paper, and the report on the expert meeting to assess experiences. Parties agreed to some amendments to the Co-Chairs’ draft paper, including those on issues under the general approach, scope of the initial check of annual inventories, synthesis and assessment report, timing, and review of individual annual inventories. Delegates concluded their work by approving the Co-Chairs’ draft SBSTA conclusions and draft COP-8 decisions

Khalid Abuleif, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia

IPCC TAR: The contact group convened in the evening to continue consideration of the draft conclusions.

Delegates from New Zealand during the morning SBI session

US delegates: Clare Breidenich, Environmental Protection Agency, and Harlan Watson, Senior Climate Negotiator, US Department of State

The Representative for Chile

Left: Maria Rita Fontes Faria, Ministry of External Relations, and Luíz Gylvan Meira Filho, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil

In the morning, delegates gather around the television to watch the World Cup and and Denmark beat France 2-0

Contact Group on Policies and Measures

Left: Co-chairs Suk-Hoon Woo, Republic of Korea, and Pierre Giroux, Canada

Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Zimbabwe

Links:

The UNFCCC Secretariats page for this meeting including the provisional agendas and documents

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’s coverage of the Consultative Group of Experts on Communications from Non-Annex I Parties and the

Expert Meeting on Methodologies for Technology Needs Assessments

ENB coverage of SB-13 (Lyon), SB-12 (Bonn) , COP-5, COP-6 , COP-6bis and COP-7
 

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