18th Session of the Subsidiary Bodies  
Bonn, June 4 - 13, 2003

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Climate Change artwork on display in plenary today



SB-18 Highlights, Thursday, June 12th

Delegates to UNFCCC SB-18 convened in a SBSTA plenary meeting, and in contact and informal groups on Today.



SBSTA Chair Halldór Thorgeirsson from Iceland (center)


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SBSTA Chair Halldór Thorgeirsson from Iceland

Audun Rosland, Norway

Harald Dovland, Norway


The SBSTA considered and adopted conclusions and draft decisions on methodological issues, including good practice guidance and other information on LULUCF, emissions resulting from fuel used in international aviation and maritime transportation, review of methodological work under the UNFCCC and Protocol, issues relating to reporting and review of Annex I greenhouse gas inventories, and issues relating to Protocol Articles 5 (methodological work), 7 (communication of information), 8 (review of information). They also adopted conclusions on the development and transfer of technologies, research and systematic observation, and cooperation with relevant international organizations.

Regarding good practice guidance on LULUCF, Contact group Co-Chair Audun Rosland (Norway) introduced the draft conclusions (FCCC/SBSTA/2003/L.3), which the SBSTA approved without amendment. The conclusions take note of the IPCC's work on: good practice guidance on LULUCF; definitions on degradation and devegetation; and the factoring out of natural and indirect human effects on carbon stock change. In the conclusions, the SBSTA requests the Secretariat to prepare a paper on draft common reporting formats, and decides to continue consideration of issues relating to harvested wood products.

Listen to:

Sok Apadu (Mauritius)


Harlan Watson, US, makes an intervention


Kishan Kumarsinghten (Trinidad & Tobago)

Helen Plume (New Zealand)

Greg Terrill (Australia)

Raúl Estrada-Oyuela (Argentina)

Tibor Farago (Hungary) and Janos Pasztor (Secretariat)


Greg Terrill speaks with Argentinean delegate

The Plenary during the SBSTA meeting




Co-Chair Karstan Sach (Germany)


Methodological issues: land use, land-use change and forestry/clean development mechanism.

Regarding Sinks in the CDM, parties considered the Co-Chair’s draft conclusions and commented on the Co-Chairs’ draft negotiating text on modalities and procedures for afforestation and reforestation (A&R) project activities under the CDM. Parties the agreed to the draft conclusions. The G-77/CHINA, with BRAZIL and CANADA, noted that some issues will need to be addressed further in the draft negotiating text. He also raised the need to define non-permanence and further consider uncertainty. SENEGAL, supported by CHILE, said that modalities for small-scale CDM projects should be developed.

LULUCF Co-Chair Thelma Krug (Brazil) with Claudio Forner (Secretariat) and Maria Netto (Secretariat)


Delegates during the LULUCF meeting

LULUCF Panel left to right: Erik Haites (Secretariat), Co-Chairs Karstan Sach (Germany) and Thelma Krug (Brazil); Maria Netto (Secretariat) and Claudio Forner (Secretariat)



Asfaha Beyene (Secretariat), Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) and Joke Waller-Hunter, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

The Programme Budget Group

Delegates met informally throughout the day to discuss the budget. Consultations were led by John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda).

Asfaha Beyene (Secretariat)confers with a delegate  
The Secretariat hands out the draft conclusions

Malte Meinshausen (Greenpeace International)



NGOs held a Fossil of the Day Awards Ceremony during which Saudi Arabia was awarded 3rd Place, the US received the 2nd Place award, and Canada was given the 1st Place award, for its "various interventions against any
environmental and social safeguards."

For more information, visit: http://www.fossil-of-the-day.org

Nasimul Hague (Climate Action Network, Bangladesh) presented the Fossil of the Day awards.



A crowd of onlookers booed the award recipients

*The UNFCCC SB18 official site

ENB report of the Workshop on Enabling Environments for
Technology Transfer in Belgium, April, 2003

*ENB summary of SB-16 in Germany, June 2002

*ENB summary of UNFCCC COP-8 in India, Oct-Nov 2002

*Linkage's Coverage (audio and photos) of UNFCCC Cop-8

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