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Sixth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Hague, The Netherlands; 13 - 24 November 2000

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Highlights from Wednesday, 15 November:

Delegates convened in contact groups throughout the day to discuss text on: land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); guidelines under Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information) and 8 (review of information); development and transfer of technologies; adverse effects; and “best practices” in policies and measures. The Joint Working Group on Compliance (JWG) met in the evening to continue its consideration of negotiating text. In addition, negotiators met in closed “informal informal” consultations and drafting group meet­ings to consider several issues, including mechanisms, develop­ment and transfer of technologies, the financial mechanism, adverse effects and capacity building in developing countries. Left photo: SBI Chair John Ashe in discussions with Charles Parker (Canada)

 Contact Group: LULUCF

In the LULUCF contact group, Co-Chair Thorgeirsson informed participants that the group’s meeting on Thursday, 16 November, will focus on providing technical advice to the contact group on mechanisms regarding inclusion of sinks under Protocol Articles 6 (JI) and 12 (CDM). Participants then discussed the sections on Definitions, Eligibility and Accounting Specific to Article 3.3 (afforestation, reforestation, deforestation) in the Co-Chairs’ text.
Left photo: Co-Chairs Philip Gwage (Uganda) and Halldor Thorgeirsson (Iceland)

COLOMBIA expressed concern with an activity-based approach and proposed a symmetrical approach.
Right photo: Colombian delegates speak with the Secretariat in LULUCF  

On the definition of “forest,” TUVALU supported the biome approach, and said it should be elaborated by COP-7. Right photo (L-R): Ian Fry (Tuvalu) and Leonard Nurse (Barbados) discussing the text in LULUCF
Contact Group: Articles 5, 7, and 8

Co-Chair Newton Paciornik (Brazil) said the Co-Chairs would consult on this issue with the Co-Chairs of the contact group on LULUCF. In the guidelines under Article 8, the G-77/CHINA suggested deleting Part III on the review of information on AA. 

Right photo:Co-Chairs Helen Plume (New Zealand) and Newton Paciornik (Brazil)

 JAPAN proposed to limit this concept ("questions of implementation") to the mandatory requirements of the guidelines under Articles 5.1 (national system) and 7.2 (supplementary information) while US, G-77/CHINA, BRAZIL and INDIA are in opposition. Left photo: Japanese delegates attending LULUFC


Contact Group: Adverse Effects

Discussion on the proposed disaster fund was postponed pending outcomes on financial discussions elsewhere.  Several brackets remained in the discussed para­graph, pending decision on the wording of the chapeau, which identifies financial resources for the activities outlined in this para­graph. Later in the evening, a small Friends of a Chair group met in a closed session to continue discussing the text. Left photo: Co-Chairs Mohammed Reza Salamat (Iran) and Bo Kjellen (Sweden) seated with Yusef Nassef (Secretariat)

 Press Conference:


(Photo L-R) - Clark Peteru (Samoa), Antonio Jacanamijoy (Colombia), Rosemary Kuptana (Canada) and Atencio Lopez Martinez (Panama) during an Indigenous Peoples� Press Conference

Above photo (L-R): Scientists Ronald G. Prinn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Ray F. Weiss (University of California), Ronald Bee (University of California), Richard C. J. Somerville (University of California), and Christopher B. Field (Carnegie Insitution of Washington), from the University of California Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy, hold a press conference on carbon sinks, GHGs and climate modeling.  The challenges of modeling carbon sequestration and climate change trends were discussed, as well as the potential of biofuels.

Left photo: Aubrey Meyer, Global Commons Institute, announces the release of the publication of �Contraction and Convergences: The Global Situation to Climate Change� For more information on the publication, visit www.oneworld.org/schumachersoc or email: schumacher@gn.apc.org
The Fossil of the Day is an award presented by the Climate Action Network(CAN) to the most obstructive country(ies) in the climate change negotiations. Today's First place or the Drowning Fossil award went to Saudi Arabia for insistently delaying progress in the text on policies and measures and for threatening to "destroy" other contact groups. Today's runner-ups were Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Left photo: Fossil of the Day Scoreboard is tallied daily by CAN


Right photo: The exhibit of melting penguins representing the delegates from Antarctica


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