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Update for Tuesday, 24 July 2001

The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) met to take up the agenda of work for their fourteenth sessions. Delegates also met in a brief afternoon Plenary.
Left photo: SBSTA Chair Harald Dovland

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SBI met in the morning for the first meeting of its fourteenth session.

On organizational matters, the SBI adopted its agenda and the list of NGOs recommended to participate in its work as observers. On election of officers, SBI Chair John Ashe said that he and SBSTA Chair Harald Dovland were undertaking consultations with the respective regional groups.


ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL MATTERS: On administrative and financial matters, SBI first considered the financial performance for 2000-2001. The Secretariat highlighted that a revised indicative list of contributions was presented for 2001, pursuant to the adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2000 of a revised scale of assessment. He noted the special annual contribution of DM 3.5 million made by the host government.

On Implementation of the Headquarters Agreement, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar noted the need to need to move an increasing number of staff to outflow accommodation, as the Secretariat continues to grow. An initial offer by the German Government for part of the former Bundeshaus complex was deemed insufficient to meet ongoing needs. However, he hoped the situation would be resolved shortly. Some progress on visa and other issues was also noted. GERMANY highlighted its commitment to guarantee adequate accommodation and best possible working conditions for UN personnel. He said talks are ongoing to accommodate all UN organizations in Bonn in a single location.


REPORTS ON INTER-SESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: On reports on inter-sessional activities, SBI considered the work of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I. In presenting the preliminary report of the Group, Chair Vute Wangwacharakul (Thailand) said that, on the basis of the examination of 50 national communications, the Group had identified a number of problems that may be addressed, inter alia, through the provision of adequate financial and technical assistance.


SBSTA met in the morning for the first meeting of its fourteenth session, and resumed its work in the afternoon. 

ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS: Delegates adopted the SBSTA agenda. On the election of officers, Chair Dovland noted that consultations are ongoing.

COOPERATION WITH RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Chair Dovland noted ongoing initiatives between the UNFCCC and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Jan Plesnik, Chair of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, reported on initiatives in the CBD to address interlinkages between biodiversity and climate change.

Bob Watson, IPCC Chair, reported on the preparation of an IPCC Technical Paper on linkages between the UNFCCC and the CBD. The G-77/CHINA called for a joint CBD-UNFCCC programme to further assess interlinkages. 

The EU emphasized developments with regard to international environmental governance. He stressed: coordination at the national level, and supported: a joint work plan between the UNFCCC and CBD Secretariats; a joint workshop; and, with UGANDA, ZIMBABWE and AUSTRALIA, cooperation with the desertification convention (CCD) and the UN Forum on Forests.

REPORTS ON INTER-SESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: On emissions resulting from fuel used in international transportation, the Secretariat highlighted inter-sessional work as contained in a joint report with the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization. A discussion on this is scheduled for SBSTA-15. The EU expressed concern about rising emissions from air transportation and noted that ICAO is scheduled to meet in September with a view to reaching decisions on this question.

BRAZILIAN PROPOSAL: On Brazil's proposal on reductions toward an overall emission ceiling for Annex I Parties allocated on the basis of each Party's relative share of responsibility for climate change, Chair Dovland said a workshop had been held to identify scientific and methodological aspects of the proposal.

POLICIES AND MEASURES: On "best practices" in policies and measures among Annex I Parties, Chair Dovland noted Party views submitted on the Terms of Reference (TOR) for a proposed workshop, to be concluded at the current SBSTA session. SAUDI ARABIA, opposed by the G-77/CHINA, CG-11, the EU, AOSIS and others, requested that the issue be deferred, as a decision regarding the workshop had not been officially adopted at COP-6 Part I. Chair Dovland said he would consult with President Pronk and said informal consultations on the TOR would be facilitated by Switzerland and Tanzania.


In a late-afternoon Plenary, COP-6 President Pronk explained that the remaining negotiations at the resumed COP-6 would be based on The Hague text and the consolidated negotiating text (the "Pronk text"), while incorporating the political agreements reached by the Ministers on Monday, 23 July. He proposed that the remaining work be conducted in the five negotiating groups on finance, mechanisms, LULUCF, compliance and Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information) and 8 (review of information). SAUDI ARABIA, for the G-77/CHINA, said that the work on Articles 5, 7 and 8 should start only after the adoption of the decisions on the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. President Pronk said there would be daily meetings with the negotiating groups' Chairs to provide clarity on the timing and structure of the remainder of the session. He then suspended the meeting early at the request of the RUSSIAN FEDERATION and UKRAINE, due to lack of interpretation facilities.


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