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

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Monday, 12 June:

On the opening day of the twelfth sessions of the FCCC subsidiary bodies (SB-12), delegates met in a morning session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to discuss 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 Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) considered Annex I and non-Annex I communications, the financial mechanism, and administrative and financial matters. In the afternoon, a joint SBI/SBSTA session addressed issues relating to adverse effects, compliance and the mechanisms. Contact groups were convened to continue consideration of LULUCF, adverse effects, Protocol Articles 5, 7 and 8, and the mechanisms.

Right: Flags flying at half-mast today marked condolences
on the passing of Syrian President Assad.

First meeting of SBSTA

Left: Joanna Depledge, FCCC Secretariat [centre], reads the list of accredited IGOs and NGOs
Right: Michael Zammit Cutajar [centre] and SBSTA Chair Harald Dovland [right] at the opening of SBSTA-12
It was standing-room only in Plenary Hall 2 for the opening of SBSTA.
IPCC Chair Robert Watson outlined the key issues in the IPCC Special Report on LULUCF
Dr. Wulf Killmann, Chairman of Departmental Working Group Climate in relation to Agricultural and Food Security (FAO) outlined the FAO’s many contributions to clarifications of Articles under the Kyoto Protocol, and stated their desire to continue collaborating with UNFCCC and other conventions (such as the CBD and CCD) to meet common goals.
Co-Chair Gwage noted the capacity building function of the pre-sessional informal meetings with regard to the LULUCF Special Report and progress on the data format for submissions due on 1 August

First meeting of SBI

Delegates considered experiences with the review of second national communications.

John Ashe (Antigua & Barbuda), Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)
FCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar presented a document on late payment of contributions. He suggested consideration of the option that Parties with arrears of one year or more could be ineligible to, inter alia: host a session of the COP/Subsidiary Bodies; be invited to or receive funding to attend informal meetings; or be allocated membership of the Bureau of the COP or its subsidiary bodies. Several Parties stressed the need for further exploration of the options presented by the Executive Secretary. Informal consultations will be held on this issue.
Robert Watson, Chairman of the IPCC updated the SBI on a working proposal, "Assessment of impacts and adaptation to climate change in multiple regions and sectors in coordination with IPCC". The proposal seeks to support capacity-building by raising national/regional capacities in assessing climate change impacts and adaptation studies, and weather-related emergency preparedness.
The GEF gave progress reports on its enabling activities, the Capacity Development Initiative and the Country Dialogue Workshop

Joint SBSTA / SBI Meeting
Above: Co-Chairs, Bo Kjellen (Sweden) [above left] and Mohammed Reza Salamat (Iran) [right] reported on the recent workshops and informal meetings on FCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 and Protocol Article 3.14 (adverse effects).

Nigeria, on behalf of the G-77/China, stressed the need to negotiate the issues as a package and said the outcome should be a balanced set of decisions. He called on Annex II Parties to commit specific financial resources for technology transfer and capacity building by COP-6.


Palau highlighted the vulnerability of SIDS to the effects of climate change, and described his country's perspective on climate change negotiations: "trust, but verify". He stated that adherence to a compliance system with binding consequences is an exercise of sovereignty.
Samoa, on behalf of AOSIS, called for study of the continuing need for capacity building, and said that capacity building needed to be consistent and continuous.

Portugal on behalf of the European Commission, advocated the adoption of a single draft decision on Article 4.8 and 4.9 and on Article 3.14. The G-77/China, with other non-Annex I Parties, preferred two separate decisions

Zimbabwe supported the G-77's call for two decisions on 4.8, 4.9 and 3.14

Colombia said the CDM should: ensure sufficient additionality; provide for equal treatment between the three mechanisms; recognize the unilateral model for the formulation of projects; and focus on prioritizing the sustainable development aspect of CDM


In the corridors
The spirit of cooperation generated during the informal consultations was shaken late Monday, when tensions in negotiations in the contact group on adverse effects spilled over into the mechanisms group in what many saw as tit-for-tat reprisals. The apparent reluctance of some Annex I Parties to discuss a consolidated text based on Parties' proposals on adverse effects sparked a response from Saudi Arabia in the mechanisms group, who sought to bring the meeting to an abrupt halt. Several delegates observed that the incident underlined the difficulties in moving forward on a "package" given some Parties' insistence on simultaneous progress on all issues. Others also noted that divisions within the G-77/ CHINA on adverse effects were becoming more apparent by the day.

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