| Discord and A Chord |
| Negotiations suddenly took a tense turn Thursday when Venezuela (right)
challenged AGBM Chair Ra�l Estrada Oyuela's ruling that despite
several objections, he would accept on consensus
a part of the draft text covering policies & measures.
The US, seen conferring after the morning session with Estrada, (above)
had objected to the ruling. Before holding a vote, which
would have been extraordinary for UN negotiations, and
after several delegations urged each other to "cool down," the challenge
was withdrawn. Estrada said he refused to be "held hostage" by delegations
who were methodically trying to stop negotiations. Despite the confrontation,
delegates spent the remainder of the day and night disagreeing on
draft protocol language. |
Later, a quartet (above right) played a lunchtime concert, a preview of a youth orchestra show planned before COP-3 in Kyoto.
"Keeping the home fires burning"
In the corridors of the Beethovenhalle, NGOs worked steadily throughout AGBM-8, feeding information to their constituencies and media at home. John Eyles of the Australian Aluminum Council (above left) has fed information to a network of companies and the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network using cellphones and laptops. He and and other business NGOs have provided information which has been reproduced in the Australian press, including the Australian Finance Review.
Greenpeace member Kirsty Hamilton (above right, at left), authored a report "Industry and the Climate Debate," identifying membership and positions of international lobby groups, including some of the worlds largest and wealthiest companies.