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Sixteenth Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies

Bonn, Germany | 5-14 June 2002

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Monday, 10 June
The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) convened for its opening meeting on Monday morning, followed by a further session in the afternoon. The SBI took up organizational matters, national communications, the financial mechanism, preparations for the WSSD, arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, and administrative and financial matters.

In addition, contact groups met to continue their work on: Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information), and 8 (review of information); greenhouse gas inventories; UNFCCC Article 6 (education, training and public awareness); and the IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR).

Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary

OPENING PLENARY AND ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS: SBI Chair Raúl Estrada-Oyuela (Argentina) opened the first meeting of SBI-16. In an opening statement, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Joke Waller-Hunter stressed a focus on implementation and noted the important role of SBI in this context.

On the adoption of the agenda (FCCC/SBI/2002/1 and Add.1), CANADA raised uncertainties over status of the agenda item on implementation of Protocol Article 2.3 (minimization of adverse effects), as noted in SBSTA on Wednesday, 5 June. The G-77/CHINA, opposed by the EU and JAPAN, supported inclusion of this item on the agenda. JAPAN requested that the item be suspended, and SWITZERLAND noted that work could continue despite disagreement on some agenda items. The US cautioned against potential overlap between consideration of UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 (adverse effects) by SBI and consideration of the IPCC TAR by SBSTA.

José Romero, Senior Scientific Adviser, International Switzerland

Listen to Chair Raul Estrada’s opening address

Listen to Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Listen to the discussion on the adoption of the Agenda

Mama Konaté, Deputy Director, National Meteorological Department, Mali

ANNEX I NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS: On national communications from Annex I Parties, the Secretariat introduced a document on consideration of the reviews of communications.

Listen to the Secretariat introduce the topic of National Communications

Listen to the EU’s comments on National Communications

Listen to Japans comments on National Communication

Listen to China’s comments on National Communication

NON-ANNEX I NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS: On the work of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on national communications from non-Annex I Parties, Chair Estrada drew delegates’ attention to reports on an experience-sharing workshop and on the fourth meeting of the CGE.

Visnja Grgasovic, Croatia

PREPARATIONS FOR THE WSSD: Yahyaoui Abdelaziz (Morocco) reported on preparations for on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), indicating that negotiations on the means for implementation remain unresolved.

FINANCIAL MECHANISM: On the review of the financial mechanism, Chair Estrada invited Parties to give views on the performance of the Global Environment Facility.

Representatives from the US

ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL MEETINGS: The Secretariat introduced a document on arrangements for intergovernmental meetings (FCCC/SBI/2002/4) containing information on COP-8, arrangements for the first Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP-1), the programme for future sessions, the budget for conference services, and COP-9.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL MATTERS: The Secretariat introduced the report on interim financial performance for the biennium 2002-2003. She drew attention to the fact that there were currently 190 contributions outstanding. Chair Estrada said he would draft SBI conclusions on this item.

ARTICLES 5, 7 AND 8: Delegates considered a draft COP-8 decision on demonstrable progress under Protocol Article 3.2. The G-77/CHINA and AOSIS stressed concerns regarding evaluation of progress made, and said they would provide a textual proposal.

Claudio Forner, Secretariat, COP Vice-President Karsten Sach (Germany) and SBSTA Chair Halldor Thorgeirsson (Iceland)

GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORIES: This contact group met in afternoon and evening sessions, with delegates considering methodological issues addressed in the report of an expert meeting to assess experience in the use of the UNFCCC reporting and review guidelines.

ARTICLE 6: Co-Chair S. N. Sok Appadu introduced the Co-Chairs’ proposals for draft conclusions and a draft decision on a work programme on Article 6. Parties discussed textual changes paragraph-by-paragraph.

IPCC TAR: Co-Chair Rawleston Moore introduced updated draft conclusions, which he said attempted to incorporate the various views expressed by Parties during previous contact group meetings.

Mohammed Al-Sabban, Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia

The Representative for Canada

India offered to host COP-8 in New Delhi in October/November 2002 during the SBI agenda item on arrangements for intergovernmental meetings

Vitaly Matsarski, Climate Change Secretariat

Raul Estrada, SBI Chair, Tahar Hadj-Sadok, Deputy Executive Secretary, Claire Parker, SBI Coordinator, Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary

Luis Herrera Marcano, Venezuela

 The climate change kiosk

President Mohamed Elyazghi, Morocco, and Executive Secretary Joke Waller-Hunter

Photos from a reception to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Convention

Delegates raise their glasses to celebrate the Convention; Former Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar is among those celebrating (center left)


The UNFCCC Secretariats page for this meeting including the provisional agendas and documents

UNFCCC Secretariat web site

Linkages Climate page with links to recent coverage of UNFCCC-related Workshops and an introduction to the climate change process

ENB�s coverage of the Consultative Group of Experts on Communications from Non-Annex I Parties and the

Expert Meeting on Methodologies for Technology Needs Assessments

ENB coverage of SB-13 (Lyon), SB-12 (Bonn) , COP-5, COP-6 , COP-6bis and COP-7

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