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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Ninth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Milan, Italy, 1- 12 Dec., 2003 

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COP-9 Vice President Enele Sopoaga (Tuvalu)





The Ninth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP-9) and the Nineteenth Sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI-19) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA-19) opened today in Milan, Italy. In the morning, delegates heard opening statements and addressed organizational matters in the COP Plenary. In the afternoon, the opening sessions of the SBI and SBSTA were held. Participants discussed organizational matters, the Third Assessment Report (TAR) of the IPCC, methodological issues and non-Annex I national communications.


COP Vice-President Enele Sopoaga (Tuvalu) opened the session and then introduced Miklós Persányi, Minister of Environment and Water, Hungary, who was elected COP-9 President by acclamation. President Persányi said that although the Kyoto Protocol has not yet entered into force, its ratification by numerous Parties demonstrates its importance.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Joke Waller-Hunter said that, while the date of the Protocol’s entry into force remains uncertain, it is encouraging that this had not slowed the momentum for action. She emphasized the need to ensure that adequate resources are provided to meet programme delivery and implementation of COP decisions, and said it was essential that the budget discussions result in a realistic match of demand and supply.

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Miklós Persányi, new COP-9 President

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Roberto Formigoni, President of the Italian Region of Lombardy




Altero Matteoli, Minister for the Environment and Territory of Italy

Joke Waller-Hunter, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

Luigi Cocchiaro, President of the Province of Milan




Gabriele Albertini, Mayor of the City of Milan

Delegate from Saudi Arabia intervening on an item of the provisional agenda

Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe), speaking on behalf of the Africa group




Imran Ahmad (Pakistan), making his country's opening statement

Canadian delegates intervening during the AM Plenary

Richard Muyungi (Tanzania), speaking on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs)




Italy, speaking on behalf of the EU

Mohamed Arrouchi (Morocco), speaking on behalf of the G77/China

Panel members of the COP-9 opening ceremony in today's AM Plenary

Joke Waller-Hunter congratulates new COP-9 President Miklós Persányi (Hungary) during the COP opening ceremony

Delegates from New Zealand intervening during the SBSTA meeting this afternoon




SBSTA Chair Halldór Thorgeirsson (Iceland)

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)

and The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) met for their first meetings of the COP-9 this afternoon

Delegates of the SBI huddling with the chair to discuss the agenda during today's afternoon meeting

Above left: SBI chair Daniela Stoycheva (Bulgaria)

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*ENB coverage of SB-18 (Bonn)

*ENB summary of UNFCCC COP-8 (New Delhi)

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