to the resumed COP-6 met throughout the weekend and into Monday
morning in high-level negotiations. Following extensive talks,
Ministers and other senior officials met in a Plenary session late
Monday morning, where they agreed to a proposed draft decision
produced by President Pronk. The decision sets out a political text
outlining core elements for the implementation of the Buenos Aires
Plan of Action (BAPA).
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Ministers and other high-level officials (above) have agreed on key
political issues relating to the Kyoto Protocol. The breakthrough came
when they finally agreed on text relating to compliance.
At 11:55 am Monday, 23 July, delegates reconvened
(left) in a Plenary
session of the COP. President Pronk reported that intense negotiations
had been undertaken throughout the night on the section on compliance,
and had concluded around 10:00 am.
introduced the draft decision resulting from negotiations, which is
contained in two informal papers entitled "core elements for the
implementation of the BAPA." The first, dated 21 July, was
distributed Saturday night (see Pronk's "core elements" proposal
on page one). The second, dated 23 July, contains the revised text on
compliance. The compliance text was amended in three key areas:
consequences to be applied by the enforcement branch shall aim at
ensuring "environmental integrity" rather than "reparation of
damage to the environment"; the stipulation that payments be made to
"repair damage to the environment" is deleted; and COP-6 adopts
the compliance regime and recommends to COP/MOP-1 the adoption, in
terms of Article 18 (compliance), of procedures and mechanisms
relating to compliance.
Commenting on the draft decision, President Pronk noted that some
legal and technical points will also have to be cleared up in the
text. He then proposed that the COP approve the draft decision on the
understanding that the formal adoption will follow at its next Plenary
meeting when the text has been issued as an official conference
paper. The COP adopted the decision, with a standing ovation (left
Thanking all delegates and staff for their cooperative spirit and
devotion to reach a result, President Pronk (left middle) said this result was
necessary not just for the climate but to underline the value of
multilateral negotiations within the framework of the UN.
The EU said the agreement was historic and, with the ENVIRONMENTAL
INTEGRITY GROUP, stressed that it was very positive for the
international community. He said the door had been left open for a
country that considers that the Protocol is not the best tool to
address climate change, to join at a later stage. He then read the
text of a Political Declaration submitted by the EU, Canada, Iceland,
Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland on funding to developing
countries, which includes an engagement to provide an annual
contribution of US$ 410 million by 2005.
Negotiations May come to a positive end Afterall!
Marathon negotiations ends on signs of a
BREAKTHROUGH, plenary imminent and expected to commence at
11AM, more to come ....
1:45am, Monday 23 July COMPLIANCE SECTION
FINAL STUMBLING BLOCK
President Pronk is holding final talks aimed at making a breakthrough
on compliance, the area that appears to be the final stumbling block
to an agreement.
At 12:30 am Monday,
23 July, President Pronk reconvened a meeting to update participants
on progress. He reported that he had not produced a new text because
he believed an agreement remained possible on his "core elements"
proposal. He said that although ongoing consultations had managed to
address some Parties' concerns, not all problems had been cleared
up. Suggesting that Groups' overriding remaining concerns were in
the compliance section, he said further consultations would be held on
that section only. He suggested that if delegates could not reach
agreement, he would bring the text back for adoption in Plenary as it
stands. The plenary is currently scheduled to meet at 4:00 am.
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