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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 Thursday, 16 November:

Delegates convened in contact groups to discuss text on: mechanisms; capacity building in countries with economies in transition (EITs); “best practices” in policies and measures; development and transfer of technologies; land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); and guidelines under Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communi­cation of information) and 8 (review of information). The Joint Working Group on Compliance (JWG) also met to continue considering negotiating text. In addition, negotiators met throughout the day and late into the night in closed “informal informal” consultations and drafting group meetings to advance negotiations on issues such as mechanisms, compliance, development and transfer of technologies, the financial mechanism, adverse effects and capacity building in developing countries. 
Right photo: Mechanisms Chair Chow Kok Kee (Malaysia)

 Contact Group: LULUCF

The Indigenous Peoples Caucus on Climate Change gave a statement stressing the need to consider indigenous peoples and their needs and rights on the lands being discussed in the LULUCF contact group, and condemning the inclusion of sinks under the CDM.

COLOMBIA presented their proposal on Expiring Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs). Noting that permanence is the main problem related to LULUCF activities, he suggested all LULUCF projects be treated as potentially non-permanent, and said that associated CERs should be expired after a specific time period after which they would be replaced by permanent CERs or new expiring CERs. The project proponent would be fully liable for the CERs.


CANADA said there are solutions to the problem of permanence, highlighting risk management options.


Brazil on behalf of the G-77/CHINA urged no prejudgment on the issue of sinks in the CDM. He drew attention to the Group’s principle on permanence, underlining that sinks provide temporary removal only.

Contact Group: Mechanisms

The contact group on mechanisms convened at 12:15 pm to receive feedback from Chair Chow on the closed “informal informal” discussions that had focused on Article 12 (CDM). Revised text was circulated on: the role of COP/MOP, the executive board, the accreditation body, designated operational entities, participation, financing, monitoring, verification, certification, issuance of CERs, standards and procedures for the accreditation of operational entities, a CDM reference manual, and a project design document. Emphasizing that negotiations need to be completed by midnight on Friday, 17 November, he urged the group to show leadership in completing their discussions in a timely manner. Left photo: Mechanisms Chair Kok Kee Chow (Malaysia) with Eve Kolasa (Secretariat)

Financial Mechanisms:

Participants met in closed “informal informal” consultations to continue discussing text providing additional guidance to the operating entity of the financial mechanism. Delegates agreed to remove brackets from some text. However, disagreement remained over text relating to the provision of GEF resources for country-driven Stage II adaptation activities, particularly the extent to which such activities are based on national communications. In addition, some text that has linkages to issues under consideration in the adverse effects contact group remain bracketed.                                                                                                                                                                         Alan Miller, GEF, (center) discussing issues regarding the financial
mechanism with delegates

ENB in Action:
ENB writers Angela Churie and Chris Spence presenting UNFCCC COP-6 President Jan Pronk "On Behalf of My Delegation,..." A Survival Guide for Developing Countries Climate Negotiators" A joint publication by the Center for Sustainable Development of the
Americas (CSDA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development

 Press Conference:

Sila Alangotok: Inuit Observations on Climate Change, is a video documenting the experiences of Inuits of the Canadian Arctic as their environment changes due to global climate change. This project also brought together the Inuit Community in particular its Elders and Scientists to integrate indigenous knowledge as a valuable tool for adaptive strategies with western scientific research on climate change in the Arctic.

Left photo: Rosemarie Kuptana, Sachs Harbour resident and Past President  of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Delegates peruse the daily ENB on the side and the Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Extended Photo Coverage of COP-6

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