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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 Tuesday, 21 November:

Delegates convened in Plenary to hear high-level statements from Parties. Over 70 speakers, including four Vice Presidents, two Deputy Prime Ministers, and more than 60 Ministers, made presentations. Delegates also met for informal high-level Plenary meetings and in smaller negotiating groups to progress talks on the key outstanding issues. These discussions took place within the framework of four issue “clusters,” including: capacity building, technology transfer, adverse effects and guidance to the GEF; the mechanisms; land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); and compliance, policies and measures, and accounting, reporting and review under Protocol Articles 5, 7 and 8.

Above photo (L-R):
Yvonne Khamati (Kenya) and Shaun Nixon (United Kingdom) held a speech for the Plenary Session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.


Plenary: Youth Climate Change Representatives


Left photo:
Yvonne Khamati (Kenya) speaking in front of UNFCCC delegates

Youth representatives from Kenya and the UK then reported on the previous week’s international Youth Conference attended by 118 young people from 61 countries, and urged all delegates to read and address the Youth Declaration. The two representatives recommended the inclusion of youth representation within environmental councils, underlined the role of women, and called for the establishment of a regular World Youth Meeting on Climate Change.

Nigeria speaking on behalf of  G-77/CHINA expressed concern that most Annex I countries have failed to implement their commitments. With several other developing countries, he underlined the need for Annex I Parties to fulfil their obligations in protecting the climate system on the basis of equity and in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. The issue of equity was supported by the UK

Right photo: H.E. Mr. Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura Minister of Environment
Nigeria speaking on behalf of the Group of 77 and China

SAMOA said the CDM should promote investments on environmentally-safe renewable energy technologies.

Right photo: H.E. Tuala Sale Tagaloa (Samoa) speaking on behalf of the 
Alliance for Small Island States (AOSIS)

H.E. Seymour St. E. Mullings of JAMAICA speaking on behalf of CARICOM, strongly supported an internationally-defined biome-based approach for forests. 

The VISEGRAD GROUP supported a quantified ceiling on the use of mechanisms, with preferential projects under Joint Implementation.

Left photo: H.E. Ferenc Ligetv�ri of Hungary speaking on behalf of the Visegrad Group

The US stated that success of the Protocol requires the involvement of all countries. He said that whereas the US is willing to be flexible in its positions, it will not compromise its principles aimed at ensuring that the implementation of the Protocol is achieved in a cost effective way, while ensuring environmental integrity.

Real Audio of H.E. Frank E. Loy's (above)plenary address

COLOMBIA and BOLIVIA proposed provision for bilateral, multilateral and unilateral CDM projects.

Real Audio of H.E. Juan Mayr Maldonado's (Colombia)'s plenary address

IRELAND, ITALY, GERMANY and SLOVENIA stressed domestic action as the main means of meeting Protocol commitments.

Real Audio of H.E. J�rgen Trittin's (Germany) plenary address  

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Editor�s Note: A complete collection of Plenary statements will soon be available online at: http://COP6.unfccc.int

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