2 November 1999

Statement at the opening of the High-level Segment of COP 5 Bonn, 2 November 1999


Michael Zammit Cutajar

Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Honourable Ministers,

Welcome to COP 5. Your arrival lifts this conference from tactics to vision. It offers you a political opportunity to build confidence in the success of the negotiations on the Buenos Aires Plan of Action. Here are five building blocks:

Climate change policy is a thread in the fabric of global relations, entwined with many other issues, political and economic. The main breakthroughs in your negotiations can only be achieved in that global strategic context. I therefore close with an appeal to Ministers gathered here to integrate the Convention and the Protocol in that broader international agenda, bilateral and multilateral, so that this global venture may advance successfully to COP 6 and beyond.