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Twelfth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UNFCCC
Bonn, Germany; 5 - 16 June 2000

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Thursday, 8 June:

Delegates to the informal meetings preceding SB-12 continued discussions on: mechanisms; land use, land-use change and forestry; compliance; FCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 and Protocol Article 3.14 (adverse effects); and guidelines under Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information) and 8 (review of information).

Right: wild rabbits eating the grass in front of the Hotel Maritim, site of SB-12

Interview with Co-Chair Dovland

Harald Dovland (Norway), Co-Chair of the Joint Working Group on Compliance states that, as a core part of the BAPA, the establishment of a compliance system is necessary before ratification. The system will need to indicate how to handle cases of non-compliance and what consequences can be expected. Dovland pointed out that compliance is a complex issue with continual developments in thought, and this week's informals are the Parties' venue for discussing ideas and forming elements that may contribute to the skeleton of a future compliance system. The decisions to remove some options or include others will then feed into the formal meetings next week.

The UNFCCC Learning Center

Ronald de la Cruz [left] and Svenja Drews [center], of the UNFCCC Secretariat, staff the Climage Change Learning Centre providing first hand information to CSB-12 participants, and disseminating information on the climate change policy development process.  The Learning Centre also provides the Climate Talk Kiosk [below] where small-group presentations, screenings for videos, and press briefings can be made.


Preparing for the future


French representatives promote Lyon, France - the host of SB-13 in September 2000.  For more information, or to book hotels visit [http://sb13.lso-intl.com] or e-mail Stephane Teboul at <stephane.teboul@lso-intl.com>.


Providing information for COP-6 arrangements in Den Hague, Holland, accommodations can be arranged by contacting Advanced Travel Partners (ATP) through their website [http://www.cop6.nl] or e-mailing <cop6@atp.nl>.  Further info on COP-6 can be found at [http://www.klimaatconferentie.nl]. More information on COP-6 available at [http://cop6.unfccc.de/]

SB-12 participants' first destination each day: the monitors that display the day's schedule
The fountain of knowledge: the document distribution center
Chow Kok Kee, Chair of the Workshop on Mechanisms [left]; Horacio Peluffo, UNFCCC Secretariat [center] and John Ashe, Chair of SBI [right], enjoying the last moments of their lunch break before returning to the meetings

In the corridors
Some participants have expressed concern over what they feel is undue haste in these meetings to produce the basis for negotiating texts, such as in the LULUCF, mechanisms and adverse effects groups. While they applaud progress, they fear that the urgency in the lead-up to COP-6 means negotiations may be pushed more rapidly than they are prepared for at this stage. Indeed, some delegates sense that these informal meetings have reached the limits of their mandate.

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