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SUMMARY

1 November 

31 October 

30 October 

29 October 

26 October 

25 October 

24 October 

23 October 

Eighth Conference of the Parties to the 
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 

23 October - 1 November 2002
New Delhi, India 

Highlights from Saturday and Monday 
26 and 28 October 2002

On Saturday, 26 October and Monday, 28 October, Parties to UNFCCC’s COP-8 met in contact groups to continue their work. On Saturday, Parties considered: Protocol Articles 5 (methodological issues), 7 (communication of information) and 8 (review of information); registries; research and systematic observation (R&SO); land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the CDM; policies and measures (P&Ms); and guidelines on non-Annex I national communications.


Above photo: Delegates huddle during the contact group on research and systematic observation to consider new draft conclusion text highlighting key issues emerging from the outcome of the special UNFCCC side event on research.


Monday, 28 October 2002

On Monday, Parties met to discuss: Articles 5, 7 and 8; LULUCF under the CDM; P&Ms; UNFCCC Article 6 (education, training and public awareness); non-Annex I national communications; the financial mechanism; and R&SO. Draft conclusions and decisions on LULUCF under the CDM and Articles 5, 7 and 8 were agreed, and forwarded to the SBSTA and COP/MOP-1.  

Several informal contact groups were also convened throughout the two days. 


CONTACT GROUPS:

ARTICLES 5, 7 AND 8: 
The contact group on Article 5, 7 and 8 met Monday morning to consider and approve a new draft of the pending parts of the guidelines under Article 7, namely, the sections on ‘information on emission reduction units (ERUs), certified emissions reductions (CERs), assigned amount units (AAUs) and removal units (RMUs)’ and ‘national registries,’ and the pending sections under Article 8, on: review of information on assigned amounts pursuant to Article 7.3 (frequency of submissions) and 7.4, ERUs, CERs, AAUs and RMUs; review of national registries; and expedited procedure for the review of the reinstatement of eligibility to use the mechanisms.
R&SO: 


The group on research and systematic observation met Monday evening to consider revised draft conclusions presented by the co-chairs. New paragraphs were included, highlighting key issues emerging from a side event earlier in the day, which consisted of an exchange between SBSTA, the IPCC and several international research programmes.



Chair Barrell stressed the need for the group to achieve agreement, and some outstanding issues from Saturday were resolved. 




Following minor revisions, Parties agreed on key issues in the dialogue between the IPCC, international research programmes and SBSTA.
LULUCF AND CDM:


Parties discussed socioeconomic and environmental impacts during Mondays session on LULUCF/CDM. 
Saturday, 26 October 2002

The Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the UNFCCC continued to meet today in contact group sessions of the SBSTA and SBI. The SBSTA convened contact groups on guidelines under Article 5, 7, and 8 of the Kyoto Protocol; issues relating to registries under Article 7, paragraph 4 of the Kyoto Protocol; LULUCF/CDM; research and systematic observation and "good practices" in policies and measures among Parties included in Annex I to the convention. The SBI met in two session non-Annex I issues.  Above photo: Sharon Taylor (UNFCCC Secretariat) during an afternoon presentation at the Climate change Kiosk.
SBSTA: 

Contact Group: Research and Systematic observation




Co-chaired by Sue Barrell (Australia) and S.K. Srivastav (India), the contact group met in the morning, afternoon and evening on Saturday to discuss the Chair�s conclusions.
Delegates could not agree on a proposal by the Russian Federation to reference research priorities in support of the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC.
LULUCF/CDM:




Co-Chair Thelma Krug (Brazil) invited Parties to consider the definition of additionality in the Marrakesh Accords.

  



TUVALU and INDIA stressed the importance of impact assessments.

SBI:
Contact Group on non-Annex I issues:



Jos� Romero (Switzerland), chaired this contact group.




On Saturday evening, Parties discussed a working text on improved guidelines for the preparation of non-Annex I national communications, which had been addressed informally throughout the day. Delegates made progress in removing a number of brackets, but disagreement remained on text in the introductory section.

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