UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies SBI-10 and SBSTA-10
31 May - 11 June 1999

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Briefing for 10 June

'COP-5 will be another 'technical' meeting' - Kante
With one day to go before the tenth session of the subsidiary bodies wrap up in Bonn, the SBSTA and SBI chairmen, Kow Kee Chow (Malaysia) and Bakary Kante (Senegal), have been giving their assessment. Kante identified "minor difficulties" with negotiations on national communications ('reports'), mechanisms and the UNFCCC budget for the new biennium. He reported that problems in the contact group on the budget were on their way to resolution. Kante said that COP-5, like the tenth sessions of the subsidiary bodies, would be a "technical session." The UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Michael Zammit Cutajar, said there had been considerable advances on technical work. He identified two types of development in Bonn. On those issues where consensus has been achieved the expert dialogue has proceeded. In areas where consensus does not exist deep negotiation has continued.

Chow reported that progress had been made in a number of areas including Convention Articles 4.8 and 4.9 on adverse impacts, technology transfer, the adoption of new guidelines on inventories of GHGs (an important basis for implementation of the Protocol), a decision on the review of the AIJ pilot phase, and consideration of the Kyoto Mechanisms.

Initial consideration of proposals for Kyoto Mechanisms concludes
The Joint Working Group on the flexibility mechanisms concluded its first consideration of the synthesis document containing proposals from the Parties on the modalities for the mechanisms. Informal meetings are now proceeding and a new synthesis of proposals is to be prepared.

Voluntary Commitments: A Third Way?
Voluntary commitments remains a "hot issue" in the negotiations, skewing debates on non-Annex I communications requirements and budgeting for the new biennium, according to some participants. On the margins of the process, however, the debate is said to be maturing and moving beyond the notion that a developing country commitment must be equated with an Annex I commitment. There is talk of a 'Third Way', possibly involving a separate Protocol for developing countries, using appropriate indicators such as carbon intensity rather than crude measures of GHG emissions. Argentina in particular is reported to be looking at such proposals with interest.

Photos and RealAudio from 10 June

Negotiating sessions

Chair Espen Ronneberg (second from right) and the delegates from South Africa (G-77/China), US, China, Australia, Canada and Saudi Arabia take a five minute break to confer during the joint working group on compliance.

Special event: Strategies in the Flexibility Mechanisms and Developing Simplified Baselines
Convening organization: Center for Clean Air Policy

Ned Helme, President, Center for Clean Air Policy describes the CCAP's presentation and goes on to discuss how to design the best strategies for economies in transition.

E-mail: nhelme@ccap.org

Special event: Cap and Trade video premiere
Convening organization: The Environmental Defence Fund and The Emissions Marketing Association

The Emissions Trading Education Initiative, whose members include the EDF and the EMA, premiered the video "Cap and Trade: An Innovation Partnership for a Cleaner Environment". Panel of presenters, from left to right: Garth Edwards (Natsource, Inc.), Annie Petsonk (EDF), Thomas Black (Delegation of Colombia) and Daniel Chartier (EMA).

In this interview, Daniel Chartier and Garth Edward discuss emissions trading.

E-mail: dan.chartier@wepco.com
E-mail: gedward@natsource.com

Display mounted by the Emissions Marketing Association.

Special event: Global Climate Protection and Equitable Burden Sharing
Convening organization: Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

From left to right: Michel den Elzen, Marcel Berk and Bert Metz (RIVM) presented a paper which explores several options for burden sharing using the FAIR model. The Framework to Assess International Regimes for burden sharing model (FAIR) uses many different criteria for both participation and burden sharing, in order to support policy makers in evaluating international burden sharing.
E-mail: Marcel.Berk@rivm.nl

Special event: CDM - A Partnership Tool for Business and Industry with Developing Countries
Convening organization: International Chamber of Commerce

Panel of presenters during "CDM : A Partnership Tool for Business and Industry with Developing Countries - Capacity Building and Creating an Investment Framwork".

Sharon Kneiss, Government Affairs, Chevron, assesses a Nigerian gas flaring project for its hypothetical CDM potential

Norine Kennedy (Vice-President of Environment Affairs, US Counsel for International Business) on the benefits of the Dakar workshops, case studies on infrastructure and investment in the African region. She emphasized a 'give and take' attitude to capacity building.

Aidan Murphy, Vice-President, Climate Change, Shell, speaks on a rural electrification project for 50 000 homes in the Transkei, South Africa

Juhani Santaholma, Chair of the ICC Energy Commission, spoke on the need for commercially viable CDM projects. He drew attention to mutual capacity building, investment, and environmental protection


Peter Doran, ENB, interviews Antoine Bonduelle, Climate Action Network, France.

Part one (in English)

Part two (in French)

E-mail: racf@wanadoo.fr

Conference participants at the ever-popular Internet cafe.

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