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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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Monday, 8 December

Delegates to COP-9 met in contact groups and informal consultations to continue their deliberations. Parties discussed: R&SO; good practice guidance on LULUCF; implementation of decision 5/CP.7 (implementation of UNFCCC Article 4.8 and 4.9 on adverse effects); methodological issues; among others.

The UNFCCC held a senior-level event in Plenary this morning, and there were several press conferences.

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(Coverage of UNFCCC COP-9 side events)

In the COP-9 hallways today, demonstrators played Russian music, danced and waved signs in efforts to call attention to the Kyoto ratification situation

Senior-level UNFCCC event on enabling environments for technology transfer: From negotiation to implementation - lets make it work! - watch the Secretariat's webcast of this event.

Halldór Thorgeirsson (Iceland)

Janos Pasztor, Head of the Sustainable Development Programme , Secretariat; and Joke Waller-Hunter, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

AM Plenary panel members, left to right:
Joke Waller-Hunter, UNFCCC Executive Secretary; Halldór Thorgeirsson SBSTA Chair; José Ovalle, Director for Environment, Chile; Charles Nicholson, Senior Adviser, British Petroleum (UK)

Corrado Clini, Italian Ministry for the Environment

Alessandro Clerici, Chairman of the World Energy Council Italian Committee (Italy)



Charles Nicholson, Senior Adviser, British Petroleum (UK)

Gao Feng, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China

Contact Group on Research and Systematic Observation: this group finalized its consideration of the draft COP decision and SBSTA conclusions.

Contact group Co-Chair Philip Gwage of Uganda discussing documents (2nd from right)

Contact group Co-Chair Sue Barrell of Australia (on right, at panel)

Contact Group on Good Practice Guidance and Other Information on Land use, Land-use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

Left to right: Claudio Forner (Secretariat); contact group Co-Chairs Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe) and Audun Rosland (Norway); Heikki Granholm (Secretariat)

Bill Irving (US) participating in the LULUCF negotiations




The contact group on good practice guidance and other information on LULUCF finalized draft conclusions and COP decisions after a morning and afternoon session today. Their work focused on: common reporting formats; deforestation and devegetation; factoring out direct human-induced changes in carbon stocks from natural effects; and harvested wood products.

Ian Fry (Tuvalu)

Contact Group on Progress Under the Implementation of Activities Under Decision 5/CP.7

Contact group Co-Chairs Al Waleed Hamad Al-Malik (United Arab Emirates) and Robert Mason (UK)




Delegates from the EU participating in the contact group deliberations

  Members of the contact group speaking with Co-Chair Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe)




In the afternoon, the Parties in this contact group met to consider the initial paragraphs of a draft decision on adverse effects of climate change (Decision 5/CP.7).

Interviews, Conversations and Press Conferences around the COP

ENB's Richard Sherman and Lisa Schipper interviewing Joke Waller-Hunter




Hironori Hamanaka, of Japan's Ministry of the Environment, consulting with Jennifer Morgan (WWF)

David Garman, US Department of Energy, outlined US energy policy during the US Delegation press conference




This service was prepared in cooperation with the Climate Change Secretariat

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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