Press Advisory

Programme for second week of Bonn climate conference

Bonn, 29 November 1999 The subsidiary bodies of the Conference of the Parties (COP) will conclude their work on Monday 1 November. They will pass their conclusions up to the COP Plenary to be finalized and adopted by Friday. The Plenary opens on Tuesday morning with statements from senior UN and other officials. The high-level segment starts at 15h with 104 speakers, of whom over 60 are of ministerial rank or higher. The high-level segment ends at 12h on Thursday, and the Plenary is likely to conclude on Friday afternoon.

There will be numerous press briefings during the week in the Reger Room at the Maritim. The following briefings are currently scheduled, but please see daily additions and revisions at http://cop5.unfccc.de/, in the Daily Journal, and on the Maritim video monitors :

Monday 1 November

10h-17h45 PRESS SEMINAR (see agenda attached)

18:15 - UNFCCC briefing by COP President, SBSTA and SBI Chairs, and Exec. Secretary

Tuesday 2 November

9h30 - OECD Deputy Secretary-General Moa

10h - Internatinoal Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Robert Priddle

11h - Pacific Island State delegations

11h30 - Convention to Combat Desertification

12h - World Health Organization (WHO): Climate change and health

12h30 - World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General G.O.P. Obasi, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Secretary Klaus Toepfer, and IPCC Chairman Robert Watson

17h30 - EU

18h - US

18:30 - Japan

Wednesday 3 November

11h - Switzerland Secretary of State Philippe Roch

14h - EU

18h - US

18:30 - Japan

Thursday 4 November

12h - German Environment Minister Jurgen Trittin

14h - EU

15h - US

Friday 5 November

13h15 - COP President and UNFCCC Executive Secretary

14h - Japan

15h - US




Press Seminar: The Climate Change Challenge

Monday, 1 November 1999, Reger Room, Maritim Hotel, Bonn

10:00 - Opening

10:10 - What the science says -- Science was the driving force behind the adoption of the 1992 Convention and the 1997 Protocol. Although important uncertainties remain, enormous progress has been over the past decade in understanding how the climate system works and how it is affected by greenhouse gas emissions. Luiz Gylvan Meira Filho, Vice-Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and President of the Brazilian Space Agency, will review global climate models, projections of future climate change, the carbon cycle, feedbacks, and more.

11:00 - Adapting to the expected impacts -- Climate change is projected to affect temperatures, weather patterns, the hydrological cycle, sea levels, wildlife, and human health. Robert T. Watson, Chairman of the IPCC and Director of the World Bank's Environment Department, will present the past findings of IPCC Working Group II concerning the expected impacts of climate change, key vulnerabilities, and the policies and technologies that could be adopted in response.

11:50 - Coffee

12:10 - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions -- What policies will be most effective - How can governments encourage the adoption of climate-friendly technologies - How can global action be made cost-effective - Ogunlade R. Davidson, Co-Chairman of IPCC Working Group III and Dean of the Engineering Faculty at the University of Sierra Leone, will explore these questions.

1:00 - Lunch

15:00 - An introduction to the Climate Change Convention and its Kyoto Protocol -- The international climate change regime that has evolved over the past decade consists of the most complex set of agreements ever adopted in the fields of environment and development. Michael Grubb of the Royal Institute of International Affairs will explain how this legal regime works, with an emphasis on the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and its flexibility mechanisms.

15:50 - The Kyoto Protocol: Unfinished business -- Despite two years of intensive talks, governments were unable to finalize all of the Protocol's practical details at Kyoto. They are now working under the 1998 Buenos Aires Plan of Action to make the Protocol fully operational by 2001 at the very latest. Raul Estrada-Oyuela, former chairman of the Protocol talks and now visiting professor at Columbia University, will analyze the outstanding political and technical issues that need to be resolved to ensure an effective Protocol.

16:40 - Coffee

17:00 - Tips for press: How to cover the COP -- Intergovernmental meetings are based on jargon and procedures that can be baffling to newcomers. The COP press team, Michael Williams of the UN Environment Programme and Axel Wuestenhagen of the UN Information Center/Bonn, will explain how COP 5 works and describe the press arrangements so that journalists can more easily cover this complex and important event.

17:45 - Close

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