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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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Saturday, 6 December

COP-9 delegates continued to convene in contact and informal groups today. These groups included: good practice guidance and other information on LULUCF; on the programme budget for the biennium 2004-5; national communications from non-Annex I Parties; research and systematic observation; a draft decision on Annex I national communications; capacity-building; among others.

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(Coverage of UNFCCC COP-9 side events)

Italian NGOs demonstrating on the negative impacts of climate change in front of the Fiera Milano this morning

First two from left: Development and transfer of technologies contact group Co-Chairs Terry Carrington (UK) and Kishan Kumarsingh (Trinidad and Tobago)




Contact Group on the Development and Transfer of Technologies

This group debated whether more financial resources may be needed for the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT).


Contact Group on Research and Systematic Observation

In this contact group, Parties were unable to reach agreement on guidance to the GEF. They decided to forward bracketed text to the SBI plenary.

EU participants consult during the meeting




Contact group Co-Chair Philip Gwage (Uganda)

Contact group Co-Chair Sue Barrell (Australia)

Contact group Co-Chairs Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe) and Audun Rosland (Norway)




Contact Group on Good Practice Guidance and Other Information on LULUCF

In this contact group delegates discussed draft conclusions on GPG for LULUCF and agreed to request SBSTA to invite Parties submissions on degradation of forests and devegetation by 15 March, 2004, in order to consider the issue at SBSTA-20.

The meeting room of the good practice guidance contact group

US delegates intervening during the meeting


Contact Group on the Programme Budget for the Biennium 2004-5

This contact group focused on the level of the secretariat's budget, Kyoto protocol development activities and the interim allocation.

John Ashe, Chair of this contact group

Harald Dovland and Georg Børsting (Norway) reviewing the budget documents

Delegates from the EU review verifying information during the contact group meeting on Annex I national communications




Contact Group on a Draft Decision
on Annex I national communications

In this group, Parties agreed to consult informally on a draft COP decision and submit views to the Secretariat.


Jose Ovalle (Chile) Co-Chair of this contact group

Patricia Bliss-Guest (GEF) showing an item to Erik Bjørnebye (Norway)




Contact Group on Capacity Building

This group continued to debate whether or not there should be a workshop to facilitate an exchange of views and experience on the implementation of decision 2/CP.7 (capacity building in developing countries).

Dechen Tsering (Bhutan), capacity building contact group Chair

Philip Gwage (Uganda) and Robert Muyungi (Tanzania), consulting during the building contact group meeting

Chair Tsering (right, above) discusses documents with delegates from the EU


This morning, in front of the Fiero Milano (location of COP-9), Italian NGO protestors braved chilly weather to sport beachwear and also mimicked high profile politicians in order to draw attention to the severity of Climate Change.

Links to further information:  

*The UNFCCC COP-9 official site

*The UNFCCC Secretariat web site

*ENB coverage of SB-18 (Bonn)

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

*Linkage's Coverage (audio and photos) of UNFCCC COP-8


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