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

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SB-18 Highlights, Wednesday, June 4th

The Eighteenth Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies opened on Wednesday, 4 June, in Bonn, Germany.

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) convened twice, and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) met once during the day. The SBSTA addressed: organizational matters; a range of methodological issues, including review of methodological work under the UNFCCC and Protocol, issues relating to Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information), and 8 (review of information), issues relating to reporting and review of Annex I greenhouse gas inventories, LULUCF, and emissions resulting from fuel used in international aviation and maritime transportation; the IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR); and "good practices" in policies and measures (P&Ms). The SBI took up organizational matters, implementation of UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 (adverse effects), and administrative and financial matters.

Joke Waller-Hunter, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC


Panel of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)

SBSTA Chair Halldór Thorgeirsson from Iceland(center) accompanied by members of the secretariat



Review of methodological work under the UNFCCC and Protocol: GREECE on behalf of the EU said that work on methodologies should ensure the integrity of inventories. MOROCCO, for the G-77/CHINA, appealed for a focus on adaptation, emphasized the need to operationalize funds created under the Protocol and UNFCCC, demanded a reversal in the decline in funding for the participation of developing country delegations, and called for the Protocol's entry into force.

Greece on behalf of the EU

Murray Ward, New Zealand


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Taka Hiraishi, IPCC


Taka Hirashi, IPCC, reported on the work to revise the 1996 inventory guidelines requested by SBSTA-17 On Article 7.4 (registries), Murray Ward (New Zealand) summarized pre-sessional consultations on registries and the transaction log. He said focus of the consultations had been to present progress on work on elaborating the data exchange standards and share experiences in developing national registries. Ward also noted the importance of sufficient funding for the Secretariat to continue their work on this issue.

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TUVALU, for AOSIS, said that the TAR should inform discussions on the climate regime's development. Switzerland announced that it ratified the Kyoto Protocol on 2 June 2003. Audun Rosland (Norway) reported on the workshop held on Article 5.2 (adjustments). He summarized outcomes from discussions on refining the draft technical guidance on adjustments, and highlighted tables on conservativeness factors for adjustments to be considered by SBSTA.

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Delegates from the US


Audun Rosland from Norway

Beat Nobs, Switzerland


Chair Daniela Stoycheva, Bulgaria, opened the first meeting of the SBI, and introduced the agenda for adoption (FCCC/SBI/2003/1). SWITZERLAND, supported by the G-77/CHINA, proposed the inclusion of non-Annex I national communications. A discussion on the proposal followed

SBI Panel members
with Chair Daniela Stoycheva, Bulgaria (far right)

Delegate from Venezuela


Morocco speaking for the G-77/China

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Mohammed Al-Sabban, Saudi Arabia


Delegates from Switzerland

Co-Chair Helen Plume, NZ

Karsten Sach, Germany, CdM


Protocol Articles 5, 7 AND 8: Contact group Co-Chair Helen Plume, New Zealand, noted the group's tasks to address criteria for selection of lead reviewers, training of expert review teams (ERTs), treatment of confidential information, means to improve the performance and professionalism of ERTs, and to complete technical guidance on adjustments and discussions on Article 8. On adjustments, Audun Rosland presented an explanation of a working paper including the table of conservativeness factors, and a background paper. He explained the "band" approach for calculating conservativeness factors in order to control uncertainty within the uncertainty levels. Parties discussed placement of the information; the issue of placing limits of the discretion of the ERTs; the issue of application of a single conservativeness factor for the general estimate category "other" for each source sector; and questioned how to address recalculations with respect to adjustments.

Sinks from the CDM: This contact group met briefly in the evening to hear a presentation on the relevant documents, including on baselines, additionality, and leakage.


*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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