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Update for Thursday, 19 July 2001 

Delegates to the resumed Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC met in the morning to address organizational matters and hear the reports of the co-chairs of the negotiating groups that had met from 16-18 July. In the afternoon, the High-Level Segment of the meeting began with a ceremonial opening, followed by statements from Parties. In the evening, an informal high-level Plenary was held to begin negotiations at the ministerial level.  

Above photo (courtesy of Amarjit Sidhu): Protester being taken down by the German police while Ministers arrive for the High Level Segment (Right Photo)
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Photo above: GEF CEO Mohamed El-Ashry, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, Bonn Mayor Barbel Dieckmann, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar, COP President Jan Pronk, COP Secretary Richard Kinley, IPCC Chair Robert Watson and UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Tahar Hadj-Sadok


ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS: Delegates met in a morning Plenary session to address organizational matters and hear the reports from the Co-Chairs of the four negotiating groups.  On the status of ratification, the COP noted that there are 186 Parties to the UNFCCC and that 34 states have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession to the Kyoto Protocol. President Pronk added that Vanuatu had ratified the Protocol, and ARGENTINA, SENEGAL, COLOMBIA, the COOK ISLANDS and BANGLADESH said they had taken similar steps. On the admission of organizations as observers, the COP approved the list of organizations recommended by the Bureau.  


Finance: Group Co-Chair John Ashe reported on the status of the work on capacity building, technology transfer, guidance to the GEF, and funding issues. He highlighted bracket-free draft decisions on capacity building in developing countries and in countries with economies in transition.

Report on Finance Group: Co-Chair John Ashe

Group Co-Chair Andrej Kranjc reported on discussions on UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 and Protocol Article 3.14 (adverse effects), which he said had not been completed. He indicated that an informal paper had been prepared outlining the agreed elements of the text, as well as those still under dispute.

Report on Finance: Co-Chair Andrej Kranjc

Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF): Co-Chair Philip Gwage (right) reported that the group had identified and made progress on three technical issues. On definitions, he said these could still be affected by the outcome of political decisions. 

Report on LULUCF: Co-Chairs Philip Gwage and Harald Dovland

Co-Chair Dovland (right) emphasized that Article 3.4 issues must be resolved in order to move forward. He said the Co-Chairs would issue a corrigendum to the report in order to address inaccuracies in the text.

Co-Chair Raoul Estrada (far left) reported that the group's outcome was a list of technical and political issues that needed to be resolved.

Report on Mechanisms: Co-Chair Raoul Estrada

Co-Chair Neroni Slade said the compliance report identified six outstanding issues. He suggested that the resolution of key political issues - the consequences to be applied by the branches and the composition of those branches - be given priority.

Report on Compliance: Co-Chair Neroni Slade

The COP took note of the Co-Chairs' reports to be forwarded to the Ministers as an input to their work. COP-6 President Jan Pronk concluded the meeting by saying he would convene an extended Bureau to strengthen the management process.


Jan Pronk's Welcoming address

COP-6 President Jan Pronk (right) welcomed participants to the ceremonial opening of the High-Level Segment of the conference. While noting that the negotiations taking place are complex, he said delegates have all the tools needed to complete their work, including a consolidated, unbracketed text he had prepared to facilitate an agreement.

Mayor Barbel Dieckmann's Welcoming address

Barbel Dieckmann (right), Mayor of Bonn, discussed the presence of the UNFCCC Secretariat and other United Nations bodies and agencies in the city of Bonn. She outlined plans to continue increasing the UN presence, including plans for a new UN campus.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar recalled the aims of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, and highlighted the challenges and needs of developing countries in responding to climate change. Noting progress in talks held during the past few days, he said it would be a waste to "abandon the investment" of several years of negotiations.  

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar's Welcoming address

Robert Watson (left), Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, confirmed that said human activities are influencing the climate and the atmosphere. He stated that all the scenarios considered for the next century predict an ongoing increase in carbon dioxide levels, more extreme weather events, temperature increases, changes in precipitation, sea level rise, and impacts on agricultural productivity. He noted that cost-effective technologies do exist to target greenhouse gas emissions.

Listen to the Robert Watson's presentation on Climate Change

Representatives of a recent Youth Conference on Climate Change delivered their views. One speaker urged delegates not to increase the use of sinks in the Protocol, and said Annex I Parties should meet at least half of their commitment domestically. A second speaker told delegates that young people were "extremely disappointed with your disregard for our future" at The Hague, and urged them not to fail at Bonn.

Listen to the Youth Statements on Climate Change 

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IRAN, for the G-77/CHINA, expressed concern with the unilateral approach of the US, and emphasized: preference for three separate decisions on mechanisms; the need to address adverse effects; support for legally binding consequences of non-compliance; and the need for further negotiations on LULUCF.

BELGIUM, for the EU, said the EU is ready for compromises with all Parties to reach  agreement on a balanced package that respects: environmental integrity; equity and solidarity with developing countries; and economic efficiency and flexibility in meeting the agreed targets.

SAMOA, for AOSIS, emphasized the need for additional funds to undertake adaptation. Right photo: Minister Tuala Sale Tagaloa, Samoa, Department of Lands, Surveys and Environment

CZECH REPUBLIC, for CG11, expressed concern with the Pronk text on financial obligations for Parties included in Annex I and not included in Annex II, and with proposals for a levy on joint implementation and emissions trading. Right photo: Environment Minister Milos Kuzvart, Czech Republic

CANADA underlined the importance of efficient and accessible market mechanisms, the importance of forests and agriculture, and the need to encourage developing country action. Left photo: Alan Nymark, Deputy Minister for the Environment, Canada

Underlining the importance of US participation, JAPAN said she is proactively engaged in consultations with the US, but that this should not delay progress in this session. Left photo: Yoriko Kawaguchi, Japanese Environment Minister

The US said they intend to address climate change in a "serious, sensible and science-based manner" and that they would not prevent others from going ahead with the Protocol "so long as they do not harm legitimate US interests."

SWITZERLAND, for the ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY GROUP, said sinks should be of a limited scale, mechanisms should complement domestic action, and there should be a strong compliance regime with legally binding consequences Left photo: Philippe Roch, Swiss State Secretary, Swiss Agency for Environment, Forest and Landscape, Ambassador Beat Nobs, Switzerland

Around COP6bis:

Photo (right): WWF unveils a solid ice sculpture of the globe, which symbolizes global warming and is intended to encourage Ministers to accelarate efforts to finalize and ratify the Protocol.


The Fossil of the Day Award (

Canada, Australia and Japan all received awards on Thursday: Canada for its position to limit public participation on CDM projects; Canada and Australia to strip biodiversity and environmental provisions from all sinks and CDM decisions; and Canada, Japana and Australia for demanding the inclusion of any and all sink activities in the CDM.

Indigenous Peoples provided a briefing on their positions on the UNFCCCPanel (left to right): Patrina Dumaru, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre, Fiji, Raymond de Chavez, TEBTEBBA Foundation, Philipinnes, Alfred Ilenre, Ethnic Minority and Indigenous Rights Organizations of Frica, Nigeria, Sebastiao Manchineri, Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Peoples Organizations of the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Moderator Hector Huertas, Indigenous Peoples of Meso America on Climate Change, Panama, and Robert Gough, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, United States

Left photo: Riot police hold protesters at bay

The official website for COP-6bis (Part 2). This site provides ready access to the Agenda and Daily Programme, Documents, and Press Corner for all press releases during the event. 
UNFCCC Secretariat's COP-6 web site  
Extended Photo Coverage of COP-6
UNFCCC Conference Live The Conference's Plenary and High Level Meetings will be broadcast live and on-demand on the Internet.
The Dutch Government website: The outreach website of the COP-6 host government
ENB coverage of SB-13 (Lyon), SB-12 (Bonn)COP-5 and COP-6
Linkages Climate page with links to recent coverage of UNFCCC-related Workshops and an introduction to the climate change process.
Other COP-6 Online resources
Other climate change-related links (NGOs, research institutes, news sites, etc)
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