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Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on
29 October to 9 November 2001
10 November 2001 - DELEGATES
RealAudio from the Final Plenary of COP-7:
Delegations' closing statements - commentary on the work of COP-7, expressions of thanks, congratulations and farewells:
Belgium, For the European Union
Iran, on behalf of the G77/China
Cameroon, on behalf of the Africa Group
Senegal, on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group
Nomination of the member of the CDM Executive Board
Reading of the Decision to thank outgoing UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit-Cutajar
Zammit-Cutajar's farewell speech
Minister David Anderson, Canada, reads the Decision to thank the hosts
President Elyazghi's closing statement
have continued into the early hours of Saturday morning as ministers
and senior officials remained locked in talks. However, according
to some observers, the disagreement now revolves around one key
area, which one participant identified as "the links between
compliance and mechanisms eligibility." With some ministers
due to depart first in a few hours, negotiations are continuing.
Meanwhile, a Plenary held late Friday adopted other decisions
such as those on organizational matters, as well as the reports
of its subsidiary bodies.
FRIDAY, 7:00 PM GMT
Delegates to COP-7 are still struggling to reach a deal as the meeting enters its final hours. As high-level negotiations continued late Friday, delegates were struggling to complete an agreement on the operational details for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Such an agreement is widely seen as an essential prerequisite for ratification and entry into force of the Protocol. Above photo: Delegates with Executive Secretary Cutajar in a huddle during high-level negotiations.
Left photo: Delegates waiting to enter the negotiation room.
The final stage of discussions began Thursday night, with a package deal on the mechanisms, compliance and Articles 5, 7 and 8 proposed in the evening by facilitators Valli Moosa of South Africa and Phillipe Roch of Switzlerland. According to reports, by 10:30 pm Thursday, all regional groups except the Umbrella Group had accepted the deal. At 11:30 pm, ministers reconvened to hear whether the Umbrella Group would join the consensus. However, no deal had been made by shortly before 1:00 am, and ministers decided to resume at 9:00 am Friday after consultations with capitals, amid concerns as to whether a deal could be struck Friday.
|Above photos L-R: Minister of Japan and Minister of the Netherlands
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