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

23 October - 1 November 2002
New Delhi, India 

Highlights from Wednesday 30 October 2002

Parties to COP-8 heard statements by UN agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in a morning session. The high-level segment was inaugurated by a “lighting of the lamp” ceremony by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of India. The first of three Ministerial Round Tables was held in the afternoon focusing on “Taking Stock.” Delegates also continued deliberations on non-Annex I issues in a contact group that met throughout the day.
Above photo: Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (center) being welcomed by COP-8 delegates.




PLENARY: INAUGURATION OF THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT








Left photos: Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee of India, inaugurated the high-level segment with the “lighting of the lamp” ceremony.






Left photos: The plenary was treated to a presentation of children dressed as nature.
STATEMENTS FROM HEADS OF UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES:
 

The World Meteorological Organization Secretary General G. O. P. Obasi called on Parties to continue to support the systematic observation of the atmosphere and other activities to reduce scientific uncertainties.



UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer noted that those in poverty will suffer the adverse effects of climate change most. He called for concrete action on adaptation as well as mitigation.
STATEMENTS FROM INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:


IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri encouraged Parties to make maximum use of the IPCC Third Assessment Report (TAR) in their deliberations, and noted that the Fourth Assessment Report would focus more on the costs and benefits of mitigation options and hopefully include regional analyses.



GEF Assistant CEO Kenneth King remarked on the GEF’s third replenishment, which will allow the GEF to increase funding for climate change related activities, and noted that the GEF will make initial disbursements under the UNFCCC LDC Fund in the coming weeks.



World Bank Environment Department Director Kristalina Georgieva said that the Bank is committed to supporting carbon finance.
OPEC General Secretary Alvaro Calderón remarked that renewable technologies are in their infancy and that technological advances are making oil and gas “cleaner fuels.”
STATEMENTS FROM NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:
Nasimul Haque, for the Climate Action Network, called for substantial financial transfers from developed countries to developing countries to support adaptation, and for measures to keep temperature change well below 2 degrees celsius, while ensuring development.
PRESENTATION OF A CHILDREN’S CHARTER TO THE PRESIDENT:



Two youth delegates presented a Children’s Charter to COP-8 President Baalu. The Charter notes several concerns of India’s youth, including the increase of greenhouse gas concentrations, the rise in sea levels, and the threat climate change poses to flora and fauna.
THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT:

COP-8 President Baalu expressed hope that the Delhi Declaration would become a historic milestone in the UNFCCC process.


UNFCCC Executive Secretary Joke Waller-Hunter noted achievements since COP-7, including the WSSD outcomes. Pointing to extreme weather events experienced globally in recent months, she highlighted the importance of tackling poverty and climate change.



UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Nitin Desai, delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He said that one challenge for the COP was to consider to what extent the approaches, goals and methods agreed at WSSD can be a basis for cooperation in this forum.

 



Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee of India, described India’s commitment to combating global climate change, remarking on its renewable energy sector and ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

ROUND TABLE
COP President Baalu welcomed delegates to the first Ministerial Round Table under the theme “Taking Stock,” co-chaired by Minister Margaret Beckett (UK). Co-Chair Beckett said the session would set the stage for later round tables. While noting the comprehensive climate change mitigation framework already achieved, she said there is no room for complacency. 
  Many delegates highlighted their domestic situations, actions and experiences. Listen to government and NGO statements from the round table.
| CHINA | IRAN | JAPAN | KENYA | MEXICO | MOROCCO | NIUE | NORWAY | POLAND | SAUDI ARABIA | TONGA |
|THAILAND | UGANDA | VENEZUELA |CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK |
CONTACT GROUP: 
NON-ANNEX I ISSUES: The contact group, chaired by Jos� Romero (Switzerland) met throughout the day. Parties worked through the text on the improved guidelines for non-Annex I national communications, removing several brackets.

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