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

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Briefing for 9 June

Contact group on LULUCF completes work
The contact group on land-use, land-use change and forestry (Decision 1/CP.3, paragraph 5(a)) completed work on draft conclusions Wednesday. The group will present the conclusions to SBSTA for adoption. Timing and sequencing of work before and after the IPCC’s upcoming special report on LULUCF was a major factor in the contact group’s considerations. The contact group’s draft conclusions recommend that SBSTA:
  1. Invite Parties to review and respond to questions on policy and procedure posed in secretariat document FCCC/SBSTA/5 by 16 August 1999;
  2. Invite the IPCC, in conjunction with SBSTA-11, to provide an in-depth progress report, and convene a side event, on the draft IPCC special report on LULUCF;
  3. Consider at its 11th session the process and timing for the analysis of the information provided by the IPCC special report on LULUCF and the process for developing its work program to fulfil the provisions of COP-4 Decision 9/CP.4;
  4. Request the secretariat to organize a workshop, with participation by experts, between SBSTA-12 and COP-6, to analyze the IPCC special report in the context of the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol. Parties are invited to provide guidance to the secretariat on the scope of the workshop;
  5. Invite the IPCC to develop a work plan to address methodological issues raised in the IPCC special report;
  6. Commence at SBSTA-11 of the need for country-specific data and information and its relationship to a decision-making framework in the context of the Kyoto Protocol requirements;
  7. Note that the secretariat would assess its capacity to carry out the activities requested in the light of the programme budget for 2000-2001.
Photos and RealAudio from 9 June

Special event: The Kyoto Mechanisms: maximizing feasibility and minimizing costs
Convening organization: International Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Council for International Business

Brian Fisher, Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), describes the highlights of his presentation

E-mail: bfisher@abare.gov.au
ABARE website: http://www.abare.gov.au

Special event: "What would a developing country commitment look like?"
Convening organization: World Resources Institute

Kevin Baumer, Research Analyst for the World Resources Institute, describes new thinking for an alternative approach to developing country participation, using carbon intensity indicators.

More information available at http://www.wri.org/wri/climate/commit.html

Special event: Global Climate Governance - Interlinkages
Convening organization:United Nations University

Jacob Werksman, Director of the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), Gary Sampson, formerly of the WTO and W. Bradnee Chambers, UNU/IAS, discuss global climate governance and regime interlinkages. Chambers provided details of a forthcoming Tokyo conference on regime interlinkages.

Website of The Inter-Linkages Initiative: Synergies and Coordination between Multilateral Environmental Agreements: http://www.geic.or.jp/interlinkages/
E-mail: webmaster-j@geic.or.jp

Special event: Presentation of the UNFCCC Technical Paper on Coastal Adaptation Technologies

Stephen Peake, UNFCCC Secretariat, introduced the presentation

The Technical Paper is available at http://www.unfccc.de/program/techno.html

Prof. Russell Maharaj (left) on the importance, preservation and reconstruction of coral reefs
Prof. Henk Vanhagen (right), International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, on the benefits and costs of coastline protection.

Special event: Capacity-building for Emissions Trading
Convening organization: CC:Forum

Introductory presentation on the history of the CC:Forum by Andrea Pinna, UNFCCC Secretariat
Andrej Kranjc, Slovenian delegation, answers a question on the issue of capacity-building for emissions trading in Annex 1 economies in transition.

Special Event: International Finance and the CDM
Convened by The NGO Consortium for a North-South Dialogue on Climate Change

Panelists focused their comments on a few key questions, including

-competition betweeen the CDM and other forms of financing for international joint ventures,
- potential for CDM projects to create attractive investment opportunities,
- linkages between the planning, development and finance of CDM activities with domestic incentives in Annex I countries
- potential differences in the financing of CDM projects in countries at different stages of market development.

List of speakers:

Top photo, from right to left:
Irving Mintzer, Pacific Institute, outlines the seminar on international finance and the CDM

Kilaparti Ramakrishna, The Woods Hole Research Centre, presents an overview of the seminar

Paul Hassing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Bottom photo, from right to left:

Jose Gonzales Miguez, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil

Charles di Liva, World Bank, responds to a question on the equitable distribution of finance to mechanism activities

Vanida Govender, ESKOM, South Africa

Juhani Santaholma, FORTUM, Finland

Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, discusses the NGO Consortium for a North-South Dialogue on Climate Change


Azza Taalab, formerly of the Secretariat, catches up on news at the conference with Peter Doran, ENB.
Tightened security measures after the second bomb threat.

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