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Eighth Conference of the Parties to the 
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 

23 October - 1 November 2002
New Delhi, India 

Highlights from Friday 25 October 2002

The Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the UNFCCC continued to meet today in sessions of the SBSTA and SBI, COP plenary, and several formal and informal contact groups. An informal exchange of views and provision of inputs on the Delhi Declaration was also held. Above photo:





The SBSTA considered: cooperation with relevant international organizations; UNFCCC Article 6 (education, training and public awareness); cleaner or less greenhouse gas-emitting energy; and the implementation of Protocol Article 2.3 (adverse effects of P&Ms). 


The Secretariat delivered a scoping paper on cross-cutting thematic areas under the UNFCCC, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Convention on Biodiversity (FCCC/SBSTA/2002/INF.16), and presented on synergies for sustainable development from the WSSD.
OTHER MATTERS: Cleaner or less greenhouse gas-emitting energy: 

CANADA introduced draft decision text supported by NEW ZEALAND, POLAND, the RUSSIAN FEDERATION and SLOVENIA, and opposed by SAUDI ARABIA for the G-77/CHINA, SWITZERLAND, and the US. The text requests the Secretariat to ask competent organizations to analyse the role of trade in cleaner energy in meeting the objective of the Convention and the Protocol, and to report back to SBSTA-21.
Implementation of Protocol Article 2.3:

SAUDI ARABIA argued for a draft decision requesting the Secretariat to analyse the adverse effects of P&Ms on developing countries.
The SBI addressed progress on the implementation of activities under decision 5/CP.7 (adverse effects); matters relating to least developed countries (LDCs); and arrangements for intergovernmental meetings. The COP plenary discussed follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and a report of the CDM Executive Board. Informal contact groups on the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on non-Annex I national communications, Article 6, and land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the CDM also met.

ADVERSE EFFECTS: Progress on implementation of activities under decision 5/CP.7:

IRAN stressed that the workshops should address both adaptation to impact of climate change and adaptation to the impact of response measures.

SAMOA highlighted two reports which state that nearly all losses in developing countries due to extreme events are not covered by insurance.

Executive Secretary Joke Waller-Hunter reported on the outcomes of the WSSD held in Johannesburg. She noted that the Summit reaffirmed sustainable development as a central element on the international agenda and recognized climate change and its impacts as an important development issue.

John Ashe, chair of the CDM Executive Board
introduced the Board's first report. He noted that the report addresses: the implementation of the tasks in the work plan, financial and operation procedure, communication between the Board and stakeholders and the draft rules of procedure. He identified several issues requiring a COP decision, in particular the rules and modalities for small scale CDM projects and the draft rules of procedure.


COP-8 President Baalu (right) invited Parties to discuss informally on the Delhi Declaration. Numerous speakers supported the Chair's proposal for an implementation-oriented declaration focusing on climate change and sustainable development, building on the WSSD outcome. Parties from across the board proposed urging the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, and emphasized a focus on adaptation and poverty eradication.


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