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

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Final joint meeting of SBSTA and SBI

SBI Chair John Ashe [below, center] drew delegates' attention to the work programme for the intersessional period leading to COP-6. He underlined that the workshops will not form part of negotiations, but are designed to promote further understanding and an exchange of views on the various issues. He then listed the following upcoming events:

* informal consultations on mechanisms (6-8 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia);
* a workshop on LULUCF (10-15 July in Poznan, Poland);
* consultations on compliance (18-20 July in Iceland);
* consultations on technology transfer (2-4 August in Colorado, USA);
* an African regional workshop on non-Annex I communications (14-18 August in South Africa); and,
* informal consultations on adverse effects (23-25 August, tentatively planned for Bonn).
He noted that further consultations on LULUCF and compliance were possible following SB-13, as well as an Asian regional meeting on non-Annex I communications

SBI Chair Ashe introduced a document relating to southern African countries, particularly Mozambique [seated right]. He explained that the document was a recommendation of the subsidiary bodies for a draft resolution to be adopted at COP-6, and that it expressed solidarity with southern African countries, particularly Mozambique, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Eline. He noted that the text had been developed following informal consultations, and that it enjoyed widespread support. The draft resolution was adopted without amendment. MOZAMBIQUE thanked delegates for this expression of their support.
NIGERIA, on behalf of the G-77/CHINA, expressed satisfaction at the positive contribution of SB-12 and the preceding informal meetings in moving toward achieving the goals set out under the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. He said the text developed would serve as a good basis for negotiations at SB-13. However, he noted that delegates had yet to enter into the actual negotiating phase on the key issues, and stressed that the goals for COP-6 would be achieved only if the significant interests of all Parties were reflected.
SAUDI ARABIA noted the progress made during the last two weeks. He applauded the German Government's agreement with its nuclear industry to phase-out nuclear energy, and encouraged all Annex I Parties to follow suit.
INDIA cautioned against fragmenting the process unnecessarily and dividing into too many sub-bodies.
URUGUAY noted the complexity of this process, but was encouraged by progress at SB-12. He said sinks should be included within the CDM.
COSTA RICA called for a focus on the issues of sinks and mechanisms, and highlighted its non-paper on these two issues.
The US noted progress on technical matters, but said there was still much work remaining on core issues such as compliance, the mechanisms, technology transfer, capacity building, adverse effects, and sinks.
FCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar thanked participants for their support of the Secretariat's work
Many delegates thanked the interpreters for their tireless work


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